May 29 to June 7, 2014
Every spring, VIBC presents the City of Bhangra Festival, an ten-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!
Jun6 Downtown Bhangra5:00 pm – 10:00 pmWhat could be better? Two days of bhangra entertainment in the heart of the city: big beats and electrifying performances for the whole family! Hundreds of local and international dancers, dozens of musicians, and thousands of attendees gather at the VAG plaza outdoors. From casual passers-by to hard-core bhangra […]
Jun5 Bhangra Village + Performers' Reception 5:30 pmThe second of two events (first is in Surrey on June 1) focusing on the academic/intellectual aspects of the bhangra movement. Here we create a space for local and international artists, performers, community members, and bhangra enthusiasts to connect and share ideas. Performers’ reception follows. Presented by VIBC. […]
Jun3 Bhangra on Main8:00 pmVIBC and Music on Main team up for an evening with female Pakistani artist Qurat-ul-Ain Balouch (aka “QB”) live in session. Join QB and her band at the Fox Cabaret for an intimate acoustic set highlighting Punjabi folk traditions and popular music. Presented in partnership with Music on Main. www.musiconmain.ca MORE […]
Jun1 Bhangra Village1:30 pmThe first of two events (second is in Vancouver on June 5) focusing on the academic/intellectual aspects of the bhangra movement. Here we create a space for local and international artists, performers, community members, and bhangra enthusiasts to connect and share ideas. MORE INFO
May31 Ekta featuring Sain Zahoor8:00 pm – 11:00 pmSufi mystic from Pakistan, Saieen Zahoor, takes the stage with his famed ektara in VIBC’s first concert hosted in solidarity with Punjabi communities from India and Pakistan. For most of his life, Zahoor has performed mainly in dargahs (Sufi tombs or shrines), at festivals, and in the […]
May30 Media Arts Mehfil + Community Reception7:00 pm – 11:00 pmIn an inspired twist on the traditional mehfil style (cool and classical), DJ Rup Sidhu and Naad Foundation join forces to create some beats with heat. From hip-hop to electronica to tabla and dhol, this eclectic evening of improvisation and collaboration by some of Vancouver’s […]
May29 TransFusion + Opening Reception6:30 pmAn exhilarating start to the Festival, led by MC and beatboxer Rup Sidhu and choreographed by Hardeep Sahota, with performances by Native Thunder Productions, JCC Shalom Dancers, Now or Never Crew, Leela Dance, and the Royal Academy of Bhangra, all accompanied by Karn Buller on Dhol. Don’t miss this unique […]
May29 High Society: Reggaeton Bhangra9:00 pm – 3:00 amCelebrate VIBC’s 10th Anniversary in style! Join DJs Lajit and Reminisce as they curate a vast repertoire of Bhangra hits from the 80s and 90s – UK bhangra meets Punjabi folk, with a dash of electronic flavours to round out the mix. Joining them will be Su […]