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

    Introducing VIBC’s Media Marketing Specialist, Milan Singh!

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    SFU PhD candidate and VIBC Director Milan Singh brings creativity and innovation to the VIBC team. Among her many accomplishments for the organization, Milan recently spearheaded the re-design of VIBC’s website, and organized and hosted an event on March 19 called “Songs of Revolution.” (For a link to the programme, please click here)

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    Capoeira: A Martial Art Hidden in the Form of a Dance

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    Hello! My name is Sidartha Murjani, and I’ve been a volunteer for the City of Bhangra Festival for 2 years. I’m an actor, writer, web designer and also an avid practitioner of Capoeira, an amazing Afro-Brazilian martial art developed 400 years ago. Like bhangra (which also originated hundreds of years ago in the Punjab regions of India and Pakistan), capoeira has spread throughout the world, bringing people of all ages, ethnicities, and beliefs together through the energy and excitement of movement, music, and dance. In this short essay, I'll introduce you to this incredible art form, and hopefully you’ll get to experience it first-hand at the City of Bhangra Festival this year! Stay tuned for details… full program TBA soon.

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    What is Bhangra? If You Don’t Know By Now…

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    Bhangra is a style of folk dance and rhythm that originated in the Punjab regions of India and Pakistan. Over time, bhangra has come to represent the blend of a variety folk dances and includes a spectrum of musical beats. Driven by the dhol drum, the music of bhangra truly became a phenomenon during the 70s and 80s when the bhangra band movement was born in the United Kingdom.

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    The Countdown is ON for City of Bhangra Festival 2015!

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    Every spring, VIBC presents the City of Bhangra Festival, a 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. This year’s Festival (May 28-June 6) is our 11th annual event, and we can’t wait to fill you in on all the amazing events we’re planning to bring you. 

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