This one’s for the dancers, singers, and culture appreciators. Over the course of six beautiful days in Metro Vancouver, the City of Bhangra brings some serious tunes, dance moves, and innovative performances to Surrey, all while celebrating intersectionality.
Truly a treat for the senses, City of Bhangra combines creativity, cutting edge art, and interactive events that celebrate Bhangra, the Pubjabi folk arts, and South Asian youth culture to encourage connections and diversity. In essence, you can enjoy dance parties, informative panels, and workshops in an inclusive and collaborative environment. With events sprawling between Vancouver and Surrey, 5 of the 10 events will be taking place right in Surrey between June 11th and 17th at various venues around the city.
So what’s in store for Surrey? Check out what’s happening in Surrey, and be sure to share your #bhangralove on social media.
VIBC Desi Music Incubator
June 11, 2017, 12:00pm – 6:00pm
Surrey Arts Center, 13750 88 Avenue
Dedicated to youth interested in music and the music business, this event is a great opportunity for skill-building and networking. A variety of workshops will be offered, such as a production workshops and lyric writing workshops, delivered by prominent figures like India’s EDM superstar Nucleya.
Bhangra We 2017
June 15, 2017, 6:00pm – 9:00pm
Kwantlen Polytechnic University Conference Room: Surrey Cedar 1205, 12666 72 Avenue
Featuring a panel of progressive women artists, academics, musicians, dancers, and writers, this event delves into the topic of the complexity of identity of young South Asian change-makers. Topics include creative entrepreneurship, female identity in Punjabi music and culture, social media and the arts, and more!
Bhangra Funk Workshop
Beginners Workshop: June 16, 2017, 5:30pm – 8:30pm
Intermediate/Advanced Workshop: June 16, 2017, 7:00pm – 8:30pm
South Asian Arts, 114-12827 76 Avenue
Open to dancers of all levels, expertise, and culture, join in on this fun fusion of Hip Hop dance and Punjabi music called Bhangra funk! This fun combination of Indian and Western styles has become quite popular recent, so join in on the Bhangra Funk movement, so don’t be shy and join the fun!
Downtown Bhangra 2017
June 17, 2017, 12:00pm – 8:00pm
City Hall Plaza, 13450 104 Avenue
For the first time, the City of Bhangra’s marquee event Downtown Bhangra will be held in Surrey! With a fun lineup filled with performers, DJs and Bhangra Dance Teams, Downtown Bhangra showcases the joy and diversity of Bhangra with world-class headliners and lots of family fun!
June 17, 2017, 9:00pm
Crystal at York, 80-12888 80 Avenue
Close out the festival in style with this 19+ dance party! Featuring performances by Toronto’s J. Statik playing head to head with the hometown Decibel crew.
**Photo credit: jay8085