The City of Bhangra Festival is coming to Simon Fraser University’s Surrey campus tomorrow (June 4) with its message of bridging communities with the “joy” of bhangra.
The 10-day festival is presented by the Vancouver International Bhangra Celebration Society (VIBC). During the SFU Surrey campus celebration, workshops for artists will run through the afternoon and evening as part of the Bhangra Village Conference.
A free public forum, Disorienting Bhangra, will focus on making it in the music industry – through the eyes of artists in the business – from 6:30-8 p.m. in the Westminster Savings Theatre (room 2600). The event is co-sponsored by the SFU Surrey-TD Community Engagement Centre together with the City of Surrey, as part of the annual Metro Vancouver festival.
The forum will focus on what motivates artists, performers and music producers to push boundaries through the arts. Digital journalist Sharad Khare will facilitate a candid discussion with four local artists, asking them about the barriers they face in the music industry and what drives them to persevere.
The artists include: Delhi 2 Dublin and Beats without Borders’ Tarun Nayar, and internationally known DJ Jessica Dhillon, singer and actor Harbhajan Mann, Vancouver music producer Rayman Bhullar and bhangra dancer and co founder of Shaan Studios NYC Shana Narula.
The festival opened May 28 in Vancouver and runs until June 6. It is one of a number of events presented by the VIBC designed to increase community engagement, artistic innovation and education through the joy of bhangra.
SFU Surrey is located at 13450 102 Ave.