AUGUST 12- 13, 2016

Calgary Olympic Plaza






Tabestoon Festival (/tah-bes-toon/ - /ˈtʌ bɜːs tuːn/; Summer in Farsi) is a vibrant and diverse multi-platform artistic festival devoted to fostering the rich creative tastes of the new generation of Iranian youth in North American diaspora communities, aiming to radically reimagine artistic innovation and unite people by spreading love and joy.


Inaugurated in 2014, the festival’s content and programs are diligently curated every two years by a passionate team of young avant-garde professionals.  From its early inception, the festival developed a platform for collaboration and fusion of Iranian and Western arts, music and culture in order to create a unique euphoric experience for its audiences and offer a rich palette for many tastes.


Tabestoon Festival is anything but the ordinary summer festival one might expect in Calgary!


The 2016 Tabestoon Festival promises to surpass all expectations and liberate your artistic imagination.  TabestoonFest 2016 is set to take place in the urban core of Downtown Calgary at the iconic Olympic Plaza and the neighboring venues. This year’s Festival takes place August 12-13, 2016.



To get a flavour for the experience at Tabestoon Festival 2014. check out the official recap video and some of the photos from the inaugural year.

TabestoonFest 2014 Website


Honorary Chairs

Kamran Elahian is an innovation catalyst, philanthropist, entrepreneur without borders and a global venture capitalist.

He has been achieving success, celebrating failure and bending the arc of humanity toward a better world.


As an innovation catalyst, he advises various governments on the needed transition from fossil based economies to sustainable innovation economies. He also serve as Chairman of the BIT-AMENA Center for Building Innovation Economies at the Haas School of Business at UC Berkeley, a Global Innovation Economy Advisor to 500 Startups, a Founding Mentor of Unreasonable Institute and a Founding Board Advisor to Harbour.Space University.


Zohre Elahian has been actively involved in international development for over 10 years. With her husband, she has started Schools Online, a not-for-profit organization that has brought computers to schools and introduced ICT in education in many countries around the world and within the US. She has also served on the board of directors of Relief International for over 8 years working on different developmental and humanitarian projects


After several years of adventures between Toronto, New York, London and Los Angeles, Raam has finally returned to his motherland in order to pursue his musical career. The progressive nature of the modern Iranian society, led by the                                                       ounger generation, has ushered a new era of creativity.





Raam is an Iranian/Canadian musician who is currently based in Tehran. He started his musical career as the singer/songwriter/founder of Hypernova, a post-punk band in New York, which was born in the undergrounds of Tehran in the early 2000's. After some modest success with Hypernova, he decided to pursue a solo career under the name of "King Raam."



Hailed as “the Bob Dylan of Iran” by the New York Times, Mohsen Namjoo is a visionary artist who speaks for the youth in Iran. Seamlessly blending the Classical Persian setar with electric guitar, and rock and blues vocal techniques with Persian avaz (singing) and the ancient with the current, Mohsen Namjoo is known for his unique style. Much of his sound is inspired by Persian classical music, ‘tahrir’ vocal techniques, and regional music of Iran, all mixed with his own satirical interpretation of music and society.



Ali Azimi is the leader of the band "Ali Azimi and the Needs". An Iranian rock and alternative band with all British musicians. He also was the singer-songwriter of the band Radio Tehran which became noticed after their first album 88, released in 2009/2010.



Erwin Khachikian, is an Iranian-American musician, singer and producer. He is a member also founder of Karmandan band, which is focused in Persian music. Since the mid '90's, he has been on tour and recording in the studio with various well-known artists. He is a member ofSerj Tankian’s (System of a Down) solo project called Serj Tankian and the FCC.

La Caravan Dance Theatre


La Caravan Dance Theatre has a signature presence that blends traditional with contemporary dance to create an innovative international dance language combined with professional artists from disciplines such as voice, music, design, sculpture, architecture, to yield dramatic and stirring dancing making it one of Calgary’s most unique dance companies.

2016 LINE-UP

2016 Honorary Chairs



Tabestoon Festival’s loyal visitors enjoy an extensive array of music, dance performance, visual arts, exhibitions, crafts/art-making activities, community booths, and an artist market featuring a multitude of entertainers from across the country and internationally. From outdoor performances to exhibitions and international food, Tabestoon Festival provides a spectrum of experiences to diverse audiences of all ages and backgrounds.

The majority of the program is FREE and OPEN TO ALL. The ticketed performances are all subsidized to make the program affordable to everyone.

Tabestoon Festival 2016 program includes a big variety of performances by local artists as well as well known international ones . Here is a glimpse of major parts of this years program.




    August 12 & 13, 2016



    Friday, August 12: 12 PM TO Midnight

    Saturday, August 13: 12 PM to Midnight



    Calgary Olympic Plaza

    228 8 Ave SE, Calgary, AB T2P 2M5


    Tabestoon Festival 2016 guests can enjoy a discounted price at the beautiful Hyatt Regency Hotel in Downtown Calgary, just a block away from the festival main venue, Olympic Plaza! Please contact us using the form below to get more information.


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  • F.A.Q.

    Q: Is Tabestoon Festival a fully ticketed event?

    A: NO. The majority of the program is FREE and OPEN TO ALL. The ticketed performances are all subsidized to make the program affordable to everyone.


    Q: How do I get my tickets to the paid performances?

    A: We will share information on how to get your tickets soon on our website and social media!


    Q: Can I bring my kids to the festival?

    A: YES. Tabestoon Festival is a family friendly event. We also have a kids section where a lot of amazing activities are arranged so that families could enjoy the festival while their kids are being entertained as well.


    Q: How do I get to the Festival Location?

    A: Calgary public train system is the best way to  get to the festival. There is also parking in the surrounding areas of Olympic Plaza.



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Calgary, Alberta, Canada

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