Creating an inclusive community through celebration and the joy of bhangra

We are driven by artistic innovation, creating inclusive spaces and strong community bonds.

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We see the power of arts and culture to shatter barriers and build meaningful bridges between people. Our work is to engage and to provoke – to reimagine ourselves, our identities and roles in our community.

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    News and Updates from VIBC

    We #BhangraLove our Community Partners!

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    Vancouver has so much to offer this time of the year! In the lead-up to our own City of Bhangra Festival in May and June, we like to give a shout-out to organizations presenting amazing events around the same time. (We also thank them for promoting our Festival too!) Taking place now—or soon!—is a series of multi-media, genre-bending performances at the PuSH Festival (Jan 20-Feb 8), an exhibit at the Surrey Art Gallery (Orijit Sen: From Punjab, With Love, Jan 31–Aug 2), cutting-edge contemporary dance at the Vancouver International Dance Festival (Mar 12-28), and tons of kid-friendly fun at the Vancouver International Children’s Festival (May 25-May 31). We're also proud to support the Shakti Society’s Community Café on Violence Against Women on Jan 28, the Fraser Valley Chinese Culture Association’s Spring Festival Charity Gala on Feb 14, and—looking way ahead!—Latincouver’s Carnaval del Sol on July 11 and 12.

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    Happy Holidays from VIBC

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    2014 has been quite a year! Just a few weeks ago, we celebrated VIBC’s 10th anniversary of operation with an AGM to remember; from May 29 - June 7, we kicked it with the best City of Bhangra Festival so far in May (10 days, 8 events, 300 performers, over 16,000 attendees, and more than 300,000 people reached through our online #BhangraLove campaign); and throughout the year VIBC worked hard to create community connections by building partnerships with other cultural organizations, supporting local arts initiatives, and creating educational opportunities for youth. 

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    Thanks to VIBC Volunteers

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    December 5 was International Volunteer Day—a day set aside by the UN each year to shine a light on the impact of volunteer efforts everywhere. Did you know that VIBC is 99.9% volunteer powered? From fundraising and programming, to marketing, communications, event management, and administration, VIBC volunteers show us their energy and enthusiasm every single day. In 2014 alone, 150 volunteers donated a whopping 9000 hours of their time!! Thank you, thank you, THANK YOU to all of our VIBC volunteers. And if you’re not yet on the team, get with the program! For details, click here: http://www.vibc.org/volunteer

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    VIBC Welcomes New Board Members

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    At our AGM on Nov 27, three stellar individuals—Kiran Dhaliwal, Anne Murphy, and Raj Arneja—were nominated and then appointed new members of VIBC’s board. Below are their profiles; stay tuned to this space for future features on other amazing VIBC directors: Kiran Mander, Vishal Hiralal, Sonny Dhillon, Malina Parmar, Sukhi Ghuman, Mark Marissen, Mandeep Patrola, Manpal Rana, and Milan Singh.             

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