Rohit Chokhani, founder of Diwali at BC, is now joining the Fringe Festival team as the new executive director. Chokhani is one of the most sought after multicultural voices, nationally and internationally, due to his passion about making performance arts equitable and sustainable. By bringing South Asians and other culturally diverse stories to Vancouver stages, Chokhani is also the co-creator of the Monsoon Festival of Performing Arts as a part of Diwali at BC, in partnership with the Cultch, the York, and the Vancity Culture Lab.
Chokhani has been a member with the Fringe for quite some time, starting with a role as production manager on Siddhartha: A Journey Home at the Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Garden in 2011, then coproducing 2015’s Mrs. Singh & Me with South Asian Arts (winning the Public Market Pick of the Fringe Award). In 2017, Chokhani directed Anosh Irani’s Bombay Black, also winning the Public Market Pick of the Fringe Award, later remounting it at the Firehall Arts Centre and elsewhere.
The Vancouver Fringe Festival is scheduled to take place on September 10-20, in venues on Granville Island and around the city.