2004 & 2005: Our Founding Year

VIBC was founded in 2004 by Mo Dhaliwal. Mo's vision was to push boundaries and create space for the Punjabi community to enter the Vancouver arts scene in a meaningful way. In January of 2005, the organization produced its inaugural event, a 3-hour exhibition of bhangra featuring competitive dance teams from all over North America. Mo quickly realized that VIBC's future lay not in a single performance that only spoke to a portion of the community, rather that VIBC's future lay in developing accessible programming that engages artists, communities and festival attendees across genres of performance and ethno-cultural boundaries. Sukhi Ghuman was one of the first recruits to join the organization and continues to serve as a director.


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