Every spring for the past 10 years, Vancouver has celebrated everything Bhangra in an all-out dance party and music-fest showcasing the music and dance of the Punjab regions of India and Pakistan, and this year is no different. Vancouver International Bhangra Celebration (VIBC) presents the 10th annual City of Bhangra Festival with 10 days of dynamic performances happening on indoor and outdoor stages, parks, clubs and even in the middle of downtown Vancouver.
The festival begins on Thursday, May 29 and culminates with two days of free outdoor performances smack in the middle of downtown at the Vancouver Art Gallery Plaza.
Don’t miss this unique opportunity to experience First Nations, Jewish, Hip-Hop and Garba dancers creating intercultural mash-ups by blending bhangra moves with their own indigenous folk traditions.
Where: SFU Woordwards – 149 W Hastings Street, Vancouver
Time: 6:30 p.m.
In an inspired twist on the traditional mehfil style, Naad Foundation and VIBC join to create an evening of global fusion featuring Saanjh (meaning “connecting, sharing, partnering”) in a unique and mesmerizing mosaic of North Indian classical, progressive rock, jazz, funk, Punjabi folk and Caribbean groove.
Where: New Surrey City Hall – 13450 104 Avenue, Surrey
Time: 7 to 11 p.m.
Sufi mystic from Pakistan, Saieen Zahoor, takes the stage with his famed ektara in VIBC’s first concert hosted in solidarity with Punjabi communities from Indian and Pakistan.
Where: Vogue Theatre – 918 Granville Street, Vancouver
Time: 8 to 10:30 p.m. (Doors 7:30 p.m.)
Tickets: $25 to $100
The first of two events focusing on the academic and intellectual aspects of the bhangra movement. VIBC creates a space for local and international artists, performers, community members and bhangra enthusiasts to connect and share ideas.
Where: TD Engagement Centre – SFU Surrey Campus
Time: 1:30 p.m.
VIBC and Music on Main team up for an evening with female Pakistani artist Qurat-ul-Ain Balouch (aka QB). Join QB and her band for an intimate acoustic set highlighting Punjabi folk traditions and popular music.
Where: Fox Cabaret – 2321 Main Street, Vancouver
Time: 8 p.m.
Tickets: $20 (students), $35 (adults)
The second of two events focusing on academic and intellectual aspects of the bhangra movement.
Where: SFU Woodwards – 149 W Hastings Street, Vancouver
Time: 5:30 p.m.
Image: Sukhi Ghuman
Two days of bhangra entertainment in the heart of Vancouver: big beats and electrifying performances for the whole family! Hundreds of local and international dancers, dozens of musicians and thousands gathered at the Vancouver Art Gallery Plaza outdoors.
Friday headliners: naQsh, Qurat-ul-Ain Balouch (QB), Balkan Bhangra
Saturday headliners: Jay Status, DJ Sanj
Where: Vancouver Art Gallery Plaza (North Plaza – along Georgia Street) – 750 Hornby Street, Vancouver
Time: Friday – 5 to 10 p.m. / Saturday – noon to 10 p.m.
Feature Image: VIBC
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