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What's On: Celebrating Afghan Arts and Culture and more...

An arts and culture festival wants to change the perception of Afghanistan as a war-torn country, and its people as simply asylum seekers. And that's just one of the events worth checking out in the city this weekend:

Afghan-Canadian Arts and Culture Festival
Aug 9
Woodbine Banquet Hall

Afghanistan is often seen as a war-torn country, with images of soldiers fighting insurgents on a barren land frequently dominating the news. But it's also a country with a rich tradition of arts and culture, from the mellifluous strains of the rebab, mouth-watering food and intricate handicraft. All of this and more will be on display at this first festival of its kind.

For more information, check out the Afghan-Canadian Arts and Culture Festival Facebook page.

SummerWorks Festival
Aug 6 to 16
Various Locations

There lots to see and take part in during the eleven day festival featuring performances of theatre, dance, music and live-art. From a play that turn the female gaze on men to a show that gets the audience participating in a sensory speed-dating experience, they have it all.

For more information, check out the SummerWorks Festival website.

Dusk Dances
Aug 3 to Aug 9
Withrow Park

The annual summer tradition is back! This outdoor dance festival brings high quality traditional and contemporary dance to the park. Performances are 10 minutes long, and they are all PWYC.

For more information, check out the Dusk Dances website.

In Concert: The Roots
Aug 8
Nathan Phillips Square

The iconic band performs a FREE concert in Toronto as part of the Panamania events.

For more information, go to the Paranpan AM Games website.

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