Celebrate at the City of Bhangra Festival

Celebrate Bhangra with VIBC

If music is considered an international language then it’s very close cousin, dance, must be a global dialect.  Vancouver International Bhangra Celebration (VIBC) speaks both with grace and fluidity through their annual City of Bhangra Festival. The 2012 HSBC City of Bhangra Festival is a celebration that is music to your Auntyji’s ears, eyes and mind as it brings together music, dance and dialogue.

This very unique festival not only celebrates Punjabi culture and traditions, but also bridges the gap between the diverse cultures within our multi-ethnic society. VIBC is dedicated to spreading the universal rhythm of Bhangra and welcoming people from all cultures to enjoy the beats of this beautiful art form.

The event takes place within the Greater Vancouver area and this year is being held from May 31 to June 10. That’s 11 days of great entertainment, lots of fun and opportunities to gain knowledge. Over the last eight years, the festival has grown to become the largest of its kind in North America.

And did you know the festival is run by volunteers? This dedicated group of people pull together each year and create a wonderful opportunity to not only showcase local talent, but also bring together artist and performers from around the world. The festival has attracted artists from as far away as India, the United Kingdom and the United States. The fabulous array of artistry coming together in one city is an incredible feat for this group of volunteers.

While some of the festivities are ticketed events, some are free, so take a look at the calendar of events and join in on the celebration. I know I will.

If you want to learn more about VIBC (a not-for-profit Society dedicated to elevating the art form of Bhangra and strengthening Vancouver’s multicultural community), visit their website at http://cityofbhangra.com/about.

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