VANCOUVER — Starting next week, dance to your hearts’ content with over 200 of the best Punjabi dancers and musicians set to perform. UK’s Sunil Kalyan and JK, as well as New York’s DJ Rekha and Bikram Singh headline FREE outdoor concerts taking place in both Surrey and Downtown Vancouver presented by the VIBC Society during the 8th Annual HSBC City of Bhangra Festival. Also, experience Vancouver’s finest talent as drummers, singers, break-dancers and intercultural folk dancers take the stage.

For the first time, the Festival is expanding to the City of Surrey with “Celebrate the Harvest”, an outdoor concert being held at Central City Plaza on Saturday, June 2, 2012. The much-anticipated Downtown Bhangra I & II featuring the world’s finest talent is promised to be full of non-stop Bhangra action and will be held at the Vancouver Art Gallery on June 9 & 10, 2012.

Bring down the entire family to enjoy free Bhangra performances by acclaimed dance teams from Washington D.C., New York, North Carolina and the Lower Mainland. Also, revel in a never-before-seen collaboration between California’s Violinder (a.k.a Raginder Momi) and Chinese violinist Lan Tung, playing the erhu who will also perform with the band, Birds of Paradox.

“Having performers from all over the world perform at the festival is amazing,” says Tony Garcha, Director with the VIBC Society. “Many people don’t know how diverse Bhangra is as an art form, and it’s going to be exciting to see these differences as the legendary UK Band featuring my favourite percussionist,Sunil Kalyan performs. JK from the UK and New York’s Bikram Singh are also talented singers that will perform at FREE events such as Downtown Bhangra I & II for everyone to enjoy.”

Master of Indian percussion, Sunil Kalyan has given birth to a fourth dimension in the Punjabi industry. His talents have been recognized and utilized by producers as diverse as Punjabi MC and hip-hop producer, Timbaland for Missy Elliot’s “Get Your Freak On”. The latest bhangra sensation, JK has taken the world by storm with his powerful vocals and style. Born and raised in Derby, UK, JK is influenced by the greats, including Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan.

Bhangra is a traditional style of folk music and dance that traces its origins from the Punjab regions of India and Pakistan. Driven by the dhol drum, the genre blends and fuses together a variety of local folk dances as well as a spectrum of musical rhythms.

For more information about the HSBC City of Bhangra Festival visit www.cityofbhangra.com or contact Sukhi Ghuman at [email protected] 604.315.2599.

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  1. 8th year of the festival was an unforgettable and impressive show, probably the most spectacular from all of the concert events which take place in the city. I’m attending the festival each year since its beginning and really think this year was the best so far. The City of Bhangra Festival undoubtedly belongs among the best June events in Vancouver and should not be missed by everyone interested in multicultural, lively spirit.

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