The 13th Annual City of Bhangra is now officially over, and what an amazing seven days it has been! The festival presented events in both Surrey and Vancouver, with some of the most eclectic programming to date. We tried new things, took some risks, learned a lot - and thoroughly enjoyed every minute. We hope you did too!
We are thrilled to announce that TD Bank Group has returned to sponsor the City of Bhangra Festival for a second year. A Silver Sponsor of the festival, TD Bank Group is also the Presenting Sponsor for both the Bhangra: WE event and Downtown Bhangra in Surrey.
Catherine Cook, TD's Manager of Community Banking, Pacific Region says: “TD believes that one of the best investments we can make is to ensure that children and youth have access to arts and culture in their communities, because providing learning and skills development through reading, music, arts and theatre is important.”
“We are very happy to partner with VIBC again this year, and excited about the move of Downtown Bhangra to Surrey. Sponsoring the Festival is a great way for us to reinforce our commitment to diversity, the arts, and creating unique opportunities for young people. We look forward to seeing you there!"
TD Bank Group works to ensure that the arts continue to play a vital role in our communities and neighbourhoods, contributing to their vibrancy and creating a legacy of lifelong learning and appreciation for the world around us. They believe their commitment to our youth and supporting diversity is an investment in building healthy communities now and for the future.
TD’s sponsorship means that VIBC can continue to create innovative programming, like Bhangra: WE, building on the success of 2016's Bhangra: SHE. Bhangra: WE is an evening of presentations and discussions on the theme of 'Intersections', offering young people the opportunity to meet and mix with six fearless young women change-makers —gay and straight artists, academics, musicians, dancers, writers and activists—as they share their stories of identity, struggle and achievement on the way to success. The program aligns perfectly with TD’s commitment to youth engagement and education.
TD Bank Group also supports the exciting move of Downtown Bhangra, City of Bhangra's marquee event, to Surrey's City Hall Plaza for the first time! On Saturday, June 17, this family celebration of bhangra culture will feature world-class headliners, local bhangra teams, talented BC artists, workshops, and more. 2017's Downtown Bhangra showcases the joy and diversity of bhangra, and promises to be the fest's best day yet!
The City of Bhangra Festival 2017 sincerely thanks TD Bank Group for their encouragement and support.
In addition to the City of Bhangra Festival, TD Bank Group supports the TD Vancouver International Jazz Festival, Pride 365, the Institute of Asian Art, and Party for the Planet.
Welcome to City of Bhangra 2017!
Creativity, conversation, cutting edge art, and exciting events that celebrate Bhangra, the Punjabi folk arts, South Asian youth culture, connections and diversity - that's what's in store at City of Bhangra 2017.
We introduce film to the festival with the Reel Bhangra Short Film Fest - and screen a world premiere!
Downtown Bhangra moves to Central Surrey for the first time, with a day full of music, dance, and celebration.
And, buoyed by the success of last year’s GENDER narrative, the 2017 festival continues to create space in our community for those whose identity is non-binary. With the theme of Intersections, we have programming that features world-class events and that helps us all recognize that we are not simply female/male, queer/ straight, cis-gendered/ trans-gendered - but a complex amalgam of all of these. We invite you to check out Bhangra: WE.
We invite the community, as well as the public at large, to visit the festival and be inspired, informed, challenged, excited, and entertained.
For the full line-up please click here.
Learn a little more about one of our two new members. Karanjit joins returning board members: Kiran Dhaliwal, Manpal Rana, Arsh Dhillon, Simran Bhatti, Raj Arneja, Mandeep Patrola and Evelyn Erridge to lead VIBC into 2017.