VCD 2011: Festival Events Announced

Presented by Rogers, Vancouver Celebrates Diwali is proud to “Light Your Spirit” once again, with our 8th Annual Festival of contemporary and classical South Asian arts & culture. With events planned October 16 – 23 at venues across Vancouver, 2011 promises to be our biggest festival ever.

Here are some highlights:

October 16: Dance All Sorts Diwali Style

Bageshree Vaze

In partnership with New Works, Vancouver Celebrates Diwali is pleased to present Toronto-based contemporary kathak dancer Bageshree Vaze. Known across Canada as a dance and vocal artist, Bageshree brings a national presence to this annual New works dance series. Vancouver Celebrates Diwali is proud to add this component to our festival through this new partnership with New Works. Dance All Sorts Diwali Style takes place Sunday, October 16 in The Performance Centre at The Roundhouse Community Centre. There will be two performances, including one free performance.

October 18: Chai House on Main Street

Also part of our partnership with New Works, Vancouver Celebrates Diwali is excited to bring back one of our favorite events, the Chai House. This scaled-down and intimate performance has long been a favorite amongst VCD’s community of artists and fans, with a groovier vibe. Chai House on Main Street takes place on Tuesday, October 18 at Heritage Hall (3102 Main Street). But this year, the re-emergence of the Chai House comes with a twist! This day-long event will be split into two:

  • Emerging Talent Showcase: As part of the City of Vancouver’s 125th Anniversary Celebrations, Vancouver Celebrates Diwali is showcasing the diverse array of incredible emerging talent that Vancouver’s South Asian community has to offer. Taking place from 2:00pm – 5:00pm on Tuesday, October 18, this free event is open to the entire community, and will feature a diverse array of musicians, dancers, spoken word performers, as well as mehndi and diya crafts for adults and kids as well. Artists to be announced soon.
  • Chai House Cabaret: Taking place from 8:00pm – 11:00pm on Tuesday, October 18, this laid-back cabaret event sets the lights low and the energy high, as some of Vancouver’s and Canada’s most eclectic contemporary performers bring you the best in the city’s South Asian music and dance. This is a ticketed event, with admission at $10. Artist confirmed so far include classical musician Cassius Khan (photo available), vocalist Bageshree Vaze, bhangra glitch-hop musical group Banyen Roots, as well as bharatanatyam dancer Malavika Santhosh.

Malavika Santhosh

October 23: Diwali Downtown

The biggest event of our festival also closes the 2011 edition of Vancouver Celebrates Diwali. Taking place from 12:00pm – 6:00pm on Sunday October 23 at The Roundhouse Community Centre, this day-long event takes over the entire facility and includes dozens of performances taking place on indoor and outdoor stages all across this famous Yaletown facility. Bring the entire family down to enjoy a full day of music, dance, crafts, interactive performances, rangoli building, and of course, tons of great Indian food. This event is open to the entire community, with admission by donation. Artists confirmed so far include bhangra glitch-hop musical group Banyen Roots, bharatanatyam dancer Sujit Vaidya, and carnatic musician Vidyasagar Vankayala.

Sujit Vaidya

Diwali Workshops
Known as the community backbone of the festival, these interactive workshops take place in community centres and neighborhood houses across Vancouver, and are the result of our partnership with the Vancouver Board of Parks & Recreation. Activities include bhangra and Bollywood dance workshops, as well as diya painting and mehndi hand tattooing. As of this date  workshops will be taking place at Sunset Community Centre, Renfrew Community Centre, Carnegie Community Centre, False Creek Community Centre and West End Community Centre.

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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
  • Roundhouse Community Centre
  • South Vancouver Neighborhood House
  • Cineplex