The US Consulate General, one of our favourite City of Bhangra Festival sponsors, has just posted a video interview on their homepage with Fahad Khan of Bhangra Empire. The Consulate sponsored four American bhangra teams to come to Vancouver to perform, and we want to thank them again for their amazing support!Read more
Bhangra originated in Punjab around the 14th and 15th centuries. Punjabi farmers would dance and sing songs about village life as an escape from the long days and sweltering heat while working in the fields. It eventually became a part of harvest festivals to celebrate the growth and health of the farmers’ crops.Read more
Ten days, a dozen stages, hundreds of performers, and Vancouver was once again the centre of #BhangraLove! From the magic of our May 29 opening event, TransFusion, to the dynamic sounds of Saanjh at the Media Arts Mehfil at Surrey City Hall, to a truly mesmerizing evening with Sufi mystic Saieen Zahoor at the Vogue; from an awe-inspiring performance by Qurat-ul-Ain-Balouch at the Fox Cabaret, to two lively Bhangra Village events bringing performers and audiences together for discussions of all things bhangra, to a performers’ reception; to two fantastic days of live performances by local, national and international singers, dancers, musicians, and bhangra teams at Downtown Bhangra; and to a wrap party to end all wrap parties at the Copper Chimney Bar and Grill, this year’s City of Bhangra Festival was an amazing experience from start to finish!Read more
Every year, VIBC receives amazing support for the City of Bhangra Festival from many individuals and organizations. A huge thank you again to all of our new and continuing sponsors, funders, and supporters—your generosity guaranteed the success our success in 2014!Read more
The City of Bhangra Festival and Vancouver International Bhangra Celebration Society (VIBC) can be counted on to be bold and to always explore new expressions of this thing called bhangra. “In the past we only presented aspects of Punjabi culture found in Punjab, India,” noted VIBC Director, Mo Dhaliwal. “We were missing half the picture. So, three years ago we began the conversation with the local Pakistani community and found inspired partners to help us complete the picture and present a fuller spectrum of Punjabi culture.”Read more
In 2012, a group of urban design students in Bogota, Colombia, were tasked with creating six urban interventions – acts that make the city better – in one day. One night, over drinks, they joked “Only six? Why not 100?” and 100 in 1 Day was born. In that first year over 250 urban interventions took place on one day in Bogota. Two years later, the movement has spread to 25 cities around the world. On June 7th, it will happen for the first time in Vancouver.Read more
The City of Bhangra Festival is powered by dedicated volunteers, generous funders, and many, many community supporters, including the fabulous Downtown Vancouver Business Improvement Association (DVBIA). We asked Barbara Fairbrother, DVBIA Sponsorship and Event Lead, for her thoughts on her long association with our Festival, and here is what she said. Thank you, Barbara, for your kind words, and for the wonderful support you give us every year!Read more
So many great events happening in Vancouver this spring. We’re pleased to be able to cross-promote our Festival with other organizations hosting events and exhibits we know you’ll want to see. Here are just three...
On April 1, our friends at Indian Summer are presenting a special evening with Arundhati Roy, political activist and prizewinning author (her debut novel, The God of Small Things, won the 1997 Man Booker Prize for Fiction). For tickets, visit indiansummerarts.com.Read more
We want to see what you’ve got! If you and your Bhangra team would like to be a part of the 10th anniversary Festival, e-mail Kiran Mander at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. The clock is ticking!
UK native, and one of our amazing international artists this year, Sunil Kalyan has worked his way up in the industry. His dedication and passion for his craft has led him to develop his own percussion style that infamous worldwide. He is returning to the HSBC City of Bhangra Festival for the second consecutive year. His talents have been utilized by producers such as Punjabi MC in the Bhangra industry, featuring him on "Beware of the Boys", and Timbaland in the mainstream Hip Hop industry, featuring him on "Get Ur Freak On" by Missy Elliott.
This year he will be performing at rePercussion in Vancouver on the opening night on May 30th In Vancouver and at rePercussion in Surrey on June 6th. You can also catch him at Downtown Bhangra (Friday) on June 7th and Downtown Bhangra (Saturday) on June 8th!