Creating Inclusive Community Through Celebration and the Joy of Bhangra.

Bhangra is a living tradition that has grown and morphed over the course of many decades. Our definition of bhangra expands beyond the traditional cultural practices, and towards describing the community movement we seek to create.


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.


Bhangra was often performed in small rural towns by young Punjabi labourers, as a way to cut through racial tensions and connect with their communities. In the Punjabi and larger South Asian diaspora, bhangra is used by new generations of dancers and musicians to continue to find new ways of expressing themselves, crafting their identities and connecting with their cultural heritage.


For VIBC, bhangra is about bringing together dance, music and community to celebrate life, love and inclusion. Although it's not a part of the official definition, for us bhangra is a movement. A movement needed to help to build bridges across cultures and strengthening the community through shared experiences.

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

    Thank you From the City of Bhangra team


    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!

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    Thank You TD Bank Group For Your Continued Support


    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.

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    2017 Festival Launched


    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

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    Volunteer Coordinator Needed


    Volunteers are the backbone of our organization, and the reason for our success

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