‘Tons of #BhangraLove’ at Surrey-focused City of Bhangra Festival this year

Six-day festival at venues in Surrey and Vancouver from June 11 to 17

This year’s City of Bhangra Festival includes more events happening in Surrey than in the past, including its signature Downtown Bhangra showcase.

The six-day festival promises “tons of #BhangraLove” from June 11 to 17, with more than 350 performers featured at venues in both Surrey and Vancouver.

On June 17, the free, day-long Downtown Bhangra event moves to Surrey City Hall Plaza for the first time, featuring “world-class headliners, local bhangra teams, talented B.C. artists, workshops and more,” according to event planners. Performers that day will include Zora Randhawa, Fateh Doe, En Karma, DJ Intense, Sabrina, Beya Likhari, Shivani Bhagwan and Chaya Kumar, along with more than a dozen bhangra dance teams.

Other 2017 City of Bhangra Festival events in Surrey include VIBC’s Desi Music Incubator, a free, six-hour session set for June 11 at Surrey Arts Centre. The event, sponsored by Music BC and Creative BC, offers a series of skill-building and networking sessions for youth interested in music and the music business, including a music-production workshop with India’s EDM superstar Nucleya, a lyric workshop with Vancouver rapper Horsepowar, a DJ-ing workshop with DJ Khanvict and an industry workshop with members of Music BC, Nimbus and SOCAN.

Later, on June 15, KPU Surrey plays host to a “Bhangra: WE” event from 6 to 9 p.m. This free panel discussion is, according to event planners, designed to delve deeper into “an exploration of the complexity of our identities as young South Asian change-makers. ‘Bhangra: WE’ features presentations as well as panel discussions on the theme of ‘Intersections.’ This year’s panel includes a range of progressive women artists, academics, musicians, dancers and writers. Topics will include creative entrepreneurship, the diasporic arts, female identity in Punjabi music and Punjabi culture, and social media and the arts.”

In Vancouver, festival events include the inaugural Reel Bhangra short-film fest June 12 at Vancity Theatre (to include the debut screening of Bhangra City, produced by Delhi 2 Dublin with funding from Telus), and a performance by Rupi Kaur, author and multi-media artist, at the Vogue Theatre on June 14.

More festival details are posted at vibc.org.

Just Posted

‘Nothing comes from exclusion,’ says Surrey man who fought for LGBT rights in Albania

Ejron Tela moved to Surrey after leading Albanian movement to get equal rights for LGBT community

UPDATE: Man in mid-20s killed in targeted shooting in Abbotsford

Location of shooting the same as where innocent bystander Ping Shun Ao killed in 2015

Double-decker pilot project wraps up in South Surrey/White Rock

TransLink officials cite ‘fantastic’ response

White Rock to share water-treatment technology

Research findings to be up for perusal at Jan. 25 open house

Crash at 108th Avenue and Whalley Boulevard in Surrey

Emergency crews are on scene after two-vehicle collision

VIDEO: Surrey reviewing Clayton crosswalk after pedestrian hit

The city says investigation in response to safety concerns from local resident

Giants fall in six-round shootout

Visiting Victoria squad beats Vancouver 4-3 at Langley Events Centre

World’s fastest log car made in B.C. sells for $350,000 US

Cedar Rocket auctioned off three times at Barrett-Jackson Co., netting $350,000 US for veterans

Bad timing: Shutdown spoils Trump’s one-year festivities

Trump spends day trying to hash out a deal with Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer

RCMP nail sex toy thief

Shop owner plays a role in arrest

Ice-cream-eating bear draws controversy

An Alberta Wildlife Park posted a video this week of one of their bears going through a Dairy Queen drive-through

Police arrest pair after ‘high-risk vehicle takedown’

Vancouver police say replica handgun found in alleged suspects’ vehicle

Fernie, RCMP go to court over city log books in fatal ammonia leak probe

Log books center stage in clashing of investigations between the city and RCMP

B.C.’s biggest pot plant planned for Oliver

Co-founder Tony Holler said the 700,000 sq. ft. facility would produce 100,000 kg of pot per year

Most Read