10th Anniversary City of Bhangra Festival
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?
TransFusion + Opening Reception
Date: May 29
Time: 6:30 pm
Venue: SFU Woodwards, 149 W Hasting Street, Vancouver BC
An 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 Karnveer Bhuller on Dhol. Don't miss this unique opportunity to experience First Nations, Jewish, Hip-Hop, and Garba dancers creating intercultural mash-ups by blending bhangra moves with their own indigenous folk traditions. Opening Reception catered by Nanak Foods. Presented with support from Canada Council for the Arts.
Media Arts Mehfil + Community Reception
Date: May 30
Time: 7:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Vanue: New Surrey City Hall, 13450 104 Avenue, Surrey BC
In an inspired twist on the traditional mehfil style, Naad Foundation and VIBC join forces to create an evening of global fusion featuring Saanjh. Saanjh is a Punjabi word which means "connecting, sharing, partnering," an apt description for Vancouver's most talented group of musicians from around the world creating a unique and mesmerizing mosaic of North Indian classical, progressive rock , jazz, funk, Punjabi folk and Caribbean groove, this eclectic evening of improvisation and collaboration by performers, composers, teachers and producers is sure to have you on your feet. Bruce Harding (flute/bass), Sandy Khaira (drums/percussion), Coach Sandhu (guitar), Gagandeep Singh (vocals), Amarjeet Singh (tabla), Vidya Sundar (vidya veena), Baljit Singh (dilruba), and Tony Boughen (keyboard).
Ekta featuring Saieen Zahoor
Date: May 31
Time: 8:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Venue: Vogue Theatre , 918 Granville St, Vancouver
Sufi 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 streets - he didn't produce his first record until 2006, when he was nominated for the BBC World Music Awards and emerged as the "Best BBC Voice of the Year 2006." To hear him sing the most beautiful Urdu poems by Bulleh Shah and Rumi with both mesmerizing simplicity and the depth of a Faqir (Muslim ascetic) is to be transported to another place and time. Opening this epic evening is local Indo-Pak band naQsh.
Date: June 1
Time: 1:30 pm
Venue: TD Engagement Centre, SFU Surrey Campus, Surrey BC
The 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.
Bhangra on Main featuring Qurat-ul-Ain Balouch
Date: June 3
Time: 8:00 pm
Venue: Fox Cabaret, 2321 Main St, Vancouver BC
VIBC 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
Bhangra Village + Performers' Reception
Date: June 5
Time: 5:30 pm
Venue: SFU Woodwards, 149 W Hastings St, Vancouver BC
The 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.
Date: June 6
Time: 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Venue: Vancouver Art Gallery Plaza (North Plaza)
What 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 lovers, everybody LOVES Downtown Bhangra!
Date: June 7
Time: 12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Venue: Vancouver Art Gallery Plaza (North Plaza)
The second of two days of bhangra entertainment in the heart of the city (first day is June 6). Big beats and electrifying performances for the whole family - be there!
Headliners: Jay Status and DJ Sanj
For tickets and more information please visit http://vibc.org/festival-info/