8 DAYS, 2 CITIES, 350+ PERFORMERS, AND TONS OF #BHANGRALOVE
The weird, the wonderful, the unexpected—it’s all part of the City of Bhangra Festival, June 11-18. From crashing an Indian wedding to experiencing desi sketch comedy, bhangra burlesque, workshops, and club nights in unexpected places, we promise you 8 days and nights of pushing buttons and pushing boundaries through bhangra like you’ve never seen before.
Join us for City of Bhangra Festival 2016, and share some #BhangraLove!
FESTIVAL EVENTS (JUNE 11–18)
KICKOFF PARTY: CRASH AN INDIAN WEDDING
Presented with Decibel Entertainment
Sat June 11, 9pm-2am, $25/30 at door, Club 560, Vancouver (19+)
We’re hosting an EPIC Indian wedding reception and you're all welcome to come as our "uninvited" guests! Wrap yourself in a dazzling saree or slip on a kurta, slide into your fanciest Punjabi jhutti (pretty shoes), and pull out the bangles and bindis. With beats by the best wedding DJs in the city, this is everyone's party, open to wedding crashers of all stripes!
WHERE NOT TO DO BHANGRA
Sun June 12, 7-10pm, $20/25, Rio Theatre, Vancouver (19+)
VIBC, South Asian Arts, and Gastown Cabaret present the city’s hottest South Asian sketch comedy crew and the creators of I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter Chicken in throwing down an evening of burlesque and bhangra. This gender-bending, genre-skewing, culturally totally INappropriate night is our masalafied concoction of desi sketch comedy, music, dance, and drag. Join us in the heart of East Van for our very FIRST variety show—adults only, and not for the faint of heart!
BHANGRA ON MAIN
Presented with Music on Main
Tues June 14, 8-9:30pm, $15/29 (door add $5), Fox Cabaret, Vancouver (19+)
Experience the intimate side of bhangra in this all-acoustic evening featuring renowned Punjabi musician and singer Vijay Kumar Yamla. A singer as well as a classical musician trained in the tabla, dhol, and dholki, Yamla also plays the sapp, chimta, and naal, among others. Don’t miss this chance to see him onstage in Vancouver, with narration provided by VIBC’s founder and former director, Mo Dhaliwal.
Presented by TD Bank Group
Thurs June 16, 5-9pm, FREE, KPU, Surrey
Strong, creative, empowered and empowering: join six fearless young women as they share
their stories of struggle and achievement on the way to success. As gay and straight activists and educators, DJs and producers, actors, rappers, and filmmakers, these women are ready to listen as well as to inspire you on your own creative journey to self-expression. Sign up now for this workshop to mix with top talent, get the inside scoop on the industry, and maybe even find a mentor! Hosted by Angelina Rai. Sponsored by KPU.
Fri June 17, 5-10pm & Sat June 18, 4-10pm, FREE, VAG Plaza
Don’t miss Vancouver’s BIGGEST backyard backyard party of the year: a two-day open-stage party for the whole family with nonstop bhangra in the heart of the city. With over 325 local, national, and international superstars, VIBC will have you up and dancing! Featuring Sanjay Seran (of Delhi2Dublin fame), Inder Kooner, and Harj Nagra, PLUS Jasmine Sandlas, KayRay, Horsepowar, Malinder Tooray, DJ Maieli, and many more!
JALOOS: VIBC EDITION [FRIDAY NIGHT AFTERPARTY]
Fri, June 17, 10pm-2am, $25 ($30 at door), Fortune Sound Club, Vancouver (19+)
Celebrate the end of Day 1 of Downtown Bhangra at the funky Fortune Sound Club. Join Host KayRay for a powerhouse evening of female musical might featuring Malinder Tooray on dhol, and DJ sets by Horsepowar, Lil India, and DJ Maieli.
VIBC’S OFFICAL AFTERPARTY: Bhangra Heavyweights
Produced by VIBC, A-Town, and Beats Without Borders
Sat June 18, 10pm, $25/30, Club 560, Vancouver (19+)
After 8 days of solid partying, let's end off the City of Bhangra Festival with a BHANG! The city's most successful party promoting duo, A-Town and Beats Without Borders, is back with Bhangra Heavyweights, featuring DJ KSR and DJ Khanvict. VIBC's Official Afterparties are what legends are made of, so come see what all the excitement’s about at the biggest bhangra jam in Vancouver!
For more on events, performers, and tickets, visit www.vibc.org/