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City of Bhangra Festival starts May 29

From May 29 to June 7, the City of Bhangra Festival and Vancouver International Bhangra Celebration Society (VIBC) will celebrate their 10th annual festival presenting new and unique insights into Punjabi dance and culture. 
Three years ago, VIBC began a conversation with the local Pakistani community and found inspired partners to help create events that reflect the full spectrum of Punjabi culture from India and Pakistan.
Saieen Zahoorwill headline the festival this year. Zahoor is a leadingSufimusician fromPakistan who has spent most of his life singing in Sufi shrines. He produced his first record in 2006, when he was nominated for theBBC World Music awards, and emerged as theBest BBC voice of the year 2006. Like some traditions of Sufi music, he has a passionate, high-energy style of singing, often dancing in a frenzied style with the tassels on his instrument whirling around him. 
Sufi singing is focused on poetry with themes of devotional love, which shares much withPersianmystic poets likeRumiand with otherSouth Asiantraditions such as theBhakticult.
 Learn more about the festival and all the events at  www.vibc.org.
 
City of Bhangra 2014 Events Listing
 
Transfusion and Opening Reception
SFU Woodwards
May 29 at 6:30 p.m.
 
Media Art Mehfil and Community Reception
Surrey City Hall
May 30 at 7:00 p.m.
 
Ekta featuring Zaieen Zahoor
Vogue Theatre
May 31 at 8:00 p.m.
 
Bhangra Village
SFU Surrey and SFU Woodwards
June 1 at 1:30 p.m. and June 5 at 5:30 p.m.
Bhangra on Main featuring Qurat-ul- Ain Balouch
Fox Theatre
June 3 at 8:00 p.m.
 
Downtown Bhangra with naQsh, Qurat-ul-Ain Balouch and Balkan Bhangra
Vancouver Art Gallery
June 6 at 5:00 p.m.
 
Downtown Bhangra with Jay Status and DJ Sanj
Vancouver Art Gallery
June 7 at 12:00 p.m. 
 
Visit www.vibc.org for full event listings.
 
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