A “dinosaur in the city,” a Lego Taj Mahal, a Bollywood Walk of Fame and gully cricket are among the attractions lined up for the 16th TD Festival of South Asia being organized by the Gerrard India Bazaar Business Improvement Area August 18-19, from noon to 11 p.m.
Dubbed “the largest South Asian street festival in North America” by its organizers, the free event will be held on Gerrard Street East between Glenside and Coxwell Avenue.
By staging a variety of events — music, dance, yoga, food and sidewalk sales, a kid’s zone — the festival hopes to attract all Torontonians, not just those of South Asian descent, said Tasmeen Bandukwala, executive director of the festival and BIA manager.
“We want families and kids to stay and enjoy, ” said Bandukwala at the festival launch held at Lake Inez Friday, August 10.
“Our mission is to revive the legacy of the Gerrard India Bazaar that thrives along Gerrard Street and to celebrate and promote South Asian culture and diversity,” she added in a press statement.
Chand Kapoor, chair of the Gerrard India Bazaar BIA, noted that the festival attracted about 5,000 people when it first started, but that last year, 250,000 came.
More than 200 artists are scheduled to perform at the festival, including Shiamak Davar Toronto Group, the Mad Band, international Desi hip-hop artist Mill Soch, among others.