Tirgan is a non-partisan, non-religious Canadian registered charitable organization. We are committed to promoting cross-cultural dialogue between Iranian-Canadians and the global community at large through year-round productions of cultural programs.


In 2004, a group of us came together at the University of Toronto for the first time to celebrate Nowruz, the Persian/Iranian New Year. This was our first landmark event. Since then, Tirgan has become a staple source for the celebration of Iranian Art and Culture through ongoing programs throughout the year which aim to bring together people who share the same passions as us!

Our signature events are the Nowruz and Tirgan Festivals which coincide with two of the most widely celebrated ancient Iranian/ Persian celebrations in the months of March and July, respectively. These two events have turned into the world’s largest get together and celebration of Iranian art and culture. We have hosted the very best local and international talent to present our cultural programs.


Our festivals have been held in some of Toronto’s most exciting locations such as the Harbourfront Centre and the Distillery District in downtown, TOLive (former Toronto Centre for the Arts and St. Lawrence Centre for the Arts).Over the years, we have hosted over 1200 artists and presented over 2000 diverse programs, 80% of them free of charge. Our events have attracted over 1 million local and international visitors to Toronto.

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Tirgan Summer Festivals

The Festival celebrates Iranian arts and culture through an array of artistic and literary disciplines including music, dance, cinema, theatre, history, literature and visual arts. The festivals are held in multiple prestigious locations in Toronto, such as the Harbourfront Centre, the Distillery District, and St. Lawrence Center for the Arts. Tirgan Festival accommodates over 250 artists, 140 performances, and professional speakers.

Nowruz Spring Festivals

Nowruz is the day of the vernal equinox, and marks the beginning of spring in the Northern Hemisphere. It marks the first day of the first month of the Iranian calendar. It usually occurs on March 21 or the previous or following day, depending on where it is observed. The moment the Sun crosses the celestial equator and equalizes night and day is calculated exactly every year, and families gather together to observe the celebrations.

Yalda Celebrations

The longest and darkest night of the year is a time when friends and family gather together to eat, drink, and read poetry until well after midnight. Fruits and nuts are eaten and pomegranates and watermelons are particularly significant. The red colour in these fruits symbolizes the crimson hues of dawn and glow of life. The poems of Divan-e Hafez, which can be found in the bookcases of most Iranian families, are read or recited on various occasions such as this festival and Nowruz.

Tirgan Galas

Festival / Event Name Date Programs Artists / Guests Locations Visitors
Tirgan 2019 Poster

Tirgan 2019

July 2019 50 230 3 160000
Tirgan 2017 Poster

Tirgan 2017

July 2017 140 200 3 150000
Tirgan 2015 Poster

Tirgan 2015

August 2015 100 180 1 135000
Tirgan 2013 Poster

Tirgan 2013

July 2013 95 150 1 120000
Tirgan 2011 Poster

Tirgan 2011

July 2011 80 100 1 80000
Tirgan 2008 Poster

Tirgan 2008

July 2008 70 80 1 60000
Nowruz 2019 Poster

Nowruz 2019

March 2019 30 80 1 25000
Nowruz 2018 Poster

Nowruz 2018

March 2018 40 100 1 20000
Nowruz 2017 Poster

Nowruz 2017

March 2017 35 80 1 15000
Nowruz 2006 Poster

Nowruz 2006

March 2006 30 80 1 25000
Mohsen Namjoo Concert Poster

Mohsen Namjoo Concert

February 2017 1 1
Golnar & Mahan Trio Concert Poster

Golnar & Mahan Trio Concert

August 2018 1 1
Arefnameh Poster


October 2016 1 1

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