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.
The theme of the Festival is #BhangraLove, embracing the idea of love crossing all boundaries – social, cultural, sexual, religious, geographical—and uniting (even igniting) the hearts and minds of diverse audiences through the vibrancy of bhangra music, dance, art, poetry, and song. The nature of bhangra—from its roots to its contemporary expression in Vancouver and around the world – has always supported connectivity across and between individuals and communities, space and time, genders and cultures. How better to express your love than by becoming a part of the spirit of celebration, generosity, and community that is the bhangra movement?
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Photo by Joe Carlson. Downtown Bhangra 2014.