City of Bhangra Festival 2015

In clubs, in classrooms, on stages indoors and outdoors in two fantastic cities—Surrey and Vancouver—the Festival creates an inclusive community through celebration and the joy of bhangra.

From intimate concerts like Bhangra on Main with Raju Johal (June 2, Fox Cabaret), to sweetTaza Beats spun by local DJs Lajit and Reminisce at the LED Bar on Granville (May 28), and the fabulous multimedia, cultural cross-over worlds of sound created by SETI X and Ustad Lal Singh Bhatti at Folk Lok at Fluevog Shoes in Gastown (May 29); and from thought-provoking discussion at our Bhangra Village Conference (June 4, SFU Surrey) to a two-day open-stage dance party for the whole family at Downtown Bhangra (June 5 & 6, VAG Plaza), all wrapped up with a BHANG at our Official Afterparty, Bhangra + Beyond with DJ Rekha (June 6, Club FIVESIXTY), this is one celebration you’ll never forget!

Here’s a short, sweet list of all of our events. For insider info and performer details, check VIBC.ORG.



Denny’s Restaurant Presents Festival Kickoff: TAZA BEATS: THROWBACK EDITION


Thursday, May 28, 9 pm to 3 am
LED Bar, 967 Granville Street, Vancouver
FREE if you RSVP before May 25 (earlybird!) or $10/door
Tix: Purchase Here
We’re kickin’ it off ol’ skool style in the heart of Vancouver’s entertainment district. Celebrating their 11th year with VIBC, our esteemed DJ duo DJ Lajit and DJ Reminisce spin 90’s beats from the golden era.


Studio 1 Kitchen Design Presents FOLK LOK Featuring SETI X and Ustad Lal Singh Bhatti


Friday, May 29, 10 pm
Fluevog Shoes, 65 Water Street, Vancouver
Tix: Purchase Here
SETI X and Ustad lal Singh Bhatti take us on a journey to cultivate social change through film, live music, and spoken word. Folk Lok showcases the preservation of traditional Punjabi music through the lens of 21st century producers and musicians, with a focus on Punjabi hip-hop.


BHANGRA ON MAIN Featuring Raju Johal


Tuesday, June 2, 8 pm
Fox Cabaret, 2321 Main Street, Vancouver
$29/students $15
Tix: Purchase Here
Surrey’s Raju Johal’s vibrant stage presence and passionate love of music are as infectious as the captivating songs he performs. Mixing classical training with a vast range of genres, Raju creates a musical identity that is entirely Canadian and uniquely his own.




Thursday, June 4, 5 pm to 9 pm
SFU Surrey TD Community Engagement Centre, 250, 13450–102nd Avenue, Surrey
A one-day conference for artists, educators, community members, and bhangra enthusiasts to connect and share ideas about the bhangra movement.




Friday, June 5, 5 pm to 10 pm ANDSaturday, June 6, 4 pm to 10 pm.
VAG Plaza, 800 Block Georgia Street, Vancouver
The biggest backyard bhangra party of the year: a two-day open-stage party for the whole family with non-stop bhangra in the heart of downtown Vancouver. Headliners: Shava (June 5), DJ Anjali & The Incredible Kid (June 5), Special TBA Band (June 5), Jaz Dhami (June 6).

Psst: This year, we’re keeping a Downtown Bhangra secret… BIG surprise for you… we’re itching to share, but we can’t… yet. But stay tuned. We’re gonna WOW you… we promise!!


Hard Rock Casino Vancouver Presents VIBC’s Official Afterparty: BHANGRA + BEYOND Featuring DJ Rekha


Saturday, June 6, 10 pm
Club FIVESIXTY, 560 Seymour Street, Vancouver
$15/$20/$35 (strictly 19+)
Tix: Purchase Here
This all-female lineup starring DJ Rekha from New York, DJ Anjali from Portland, and Lady Ra and Lil India from Vancouver, closes out the Festival with a BHANG!!


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