May 29 to June 7, 2014
Every spring, VIBC presents the City of Bhangra Festival, an eleven-day all-out dance party and music-fest showcasing the music and dance of the Punjab regions of India and Pakistan. On indoor and outdoor stages, in parks, in clubs, and even right smack downtown in front of the Vancouver Art Gallery, the Festival features hundreds of local and international artists in a series of dynamic performances designed to thrill audiences of all ages.
The theme of the Festival this year is #BhangraLove, embracing the idea of love crossing all boundaries – social, cultural, sexual, religious, geographic – and uniting (even igniting) the hearts and minds of diverse audiences through the vibrancy of bhangra music, dance, art, poetry, and song. The nature of bhangra – from its roots to its contemporary expression in Vancouver and around the world – has always supported connectivity across and between individuals and communities, space and time, genders and cultures. How better to express your love than by becoming a part of the spirit of celebration, generosity, and community that is the bhangra movement?
This is YOUR Festival and the only one of its kind in the world!
Jun1 Bhangra Village1:00 pmThis is the academic/intellectual part of our program. We create a space for local and international artists, performers, community members and bhangra enthusiasts to connect and share ideas. The participants and artists appreciate this opportunity for conversation and growth. Presenters: VIBC MORE INFO
May31 Ekta featuring Sain Zahoor8:00 pm – 11:00 pmThis year we are partnering with Punjabis in Pakistan and the Pakistani Community in the Lower Mainland, to host one of the most fascinating names to emerge from Pakistan – performer and Sufi mystic, Sain Zahoor. This will be the second time Sain Zahoor performs in Vancouver, […]
May30 Media Arts Mehfil + Community Reception7:00 pm – 11:00 pmThe term “mehfil” refers to an evening of entertainment in an intimate setting. A twist on the traditional mehfil style, this gathering of accomplished performers brings together new collaborations grounded in an emphasis on improvisation, collaboration, and a sense of play. With performances delivered by […]
May29 TransFusion + Opening Reception12:00 am – 9:30 pmTransFusion explores folk dance, by infusing and interpreting bhangra through dance forms from around the world. Featuring performers from Smokey Valley (Aboriginal), the Jewish Community Centre (Israeli), Now or Never Crew (Hip Hop), and Leela Dance (Gujurati), the Royal Academy of Bhangra and led by MC and […]