Diwali Downtown: Schedule of Events

Only a few more days to our biggest Diwali Downtown ever on Sunday November 7th!

MAINSTAGE PERFORMANCES (APPROXIMATE TIMES) – EXHIBITION HALL

12:00                  Doors Open

12:30                  Welcome & Speeches

Opreet Kang – Chair of Diwali Celebration Society

Raj Hundal – Vancouver Parks Board Commissioner

The Honorable Gregor Robertson – Mayor of Vancouver

Deborah Freedman – Coast Capital Savings Yaletown Branch

1st Half Performances:

12:45  Vandna Sidher (Dance / Bharat Natyam)

1:00  Ta-Ki-Ta (Music / Indo-Jazz Celtic Fusion)

1:30  Aarti Pole, with Nanako Aranaki (Dance / Kathak & Flamenco)

1:45  Mohamed Assani (Music / Sitar & Tabla)

2:00  Lady Garba (Dance / Garba)

2:15  Pocket Bhangra iPhone Orchestra (Music / Electronic)

2:25  Vidyasagar Vankayala (Music / Carnatic Vocal)

2:45  Shiamak’s Bollywood Indo-Jazz Dance (Dance / Bollywood)

3:00                  INTERMISSION

2nd Half Performances:

3:35  Shan E Punjab (Dance / Youth Bhangra Team)

3:50  Babukishan Das Baul (Music / Bengal Gypsy)

4:15  Eric Hamber Dance (Dance / Youth Bhangra Team)

4:20  Shamik Bilgi & Ajay Kapur (Music / Beatbox & Electronic Sitar)

4:40  Fusion Drummers: Dhol Meets Taiko (Music / Drums)

4:50  UBC Girlz (Dance / Bhangra)

5:00  Scheherazaad Cooper (Dance / Odissi)

5:15  BPM (Music / Hip Hop)

SECOND STAGE PERFORMANCES – GYMNASIUM

12:00                               Doors Open

12:30 / 2:30 / 4:30      Tabla & Sitar: Sunny Matharu & Josh Feinberg

1:30 / 3:30 / 5:30         Bhangra Workshop: Raakhi Sinha & Gurpreet Sian

BOLLYWOOD SHENANIGANS – PERFORMANCE CENTRE

1:00pm / 2:00pm / 4:00pm / 5:00pm (5$ admission)

OTHER ACTIVITIES:     12pm – 6pm

Massive Rangoli (Multi-Purpose Room B)

Visual Arts Exhibit (Dance Studio)

Diya Painting / Mehndi Tattoos (1$ – 2$ donation / Gymnasium)

Face Painting sponsored by Coast Capital Savings  (Gymnasium)

Food & Craft Vendors (Various Locations / Gymnasium)

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Vancouver Celebrates Diwali is grateful to our generous sponsors:
Government Sponsors
  • City of Vancouver
  • Citizenship & Immigration Canada
  • BC Arts Council
  • Canadian Heritage
Media Sponsors
  • Shaw
  • Shaw Multicultural Channel
  • Global BC
  • 24 Hours Vancouver
  • CKNW
  • RJ1200
  • South Asian Woman Magazine
Partners
  • Roundhouse Community Centre
  • BCGEU
  • South Vancouver Neighborhood House
  • Cineplex