Vancouver Celebrates Diwali 2011: Detailed Festival Description

Dance All Sorts Diwali Style
Sunday, October 16, 2 pm

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 at 2:00pm, in The Performance Centre at The Roundhouse in Yaletown. Tickets available at the door.

Diwali Bright Lights
Tuesday, October 18, 4:30 pm, Heritage Hall

As part of the City of Vancouver’s 125th Anniversary Celebrations, Vancouver Celebrates Diwali is proud to showcase the diverse array of incredible emerging talent that Vancouver’s South Asian community has to offer. Diwali Bright Lights takes place at Heritage Hall (Main Street at 15th Avenue) on Tuesday, October 17 from 4:30pm – 6:00pm, this free event is open to the entire community, and will feature a diverse array of performers including bharata natyam dancers Esha Singh, classical Indian musician Akhil Jobanputra, a Bollywood dance demo from local dance phenomena Shiamak Bollywood Vancouver, and much more.

Chai House on Main Street
Tuesday, October 18, 7:30 pm, Heritage Hall

Also part of our partnership with New Works, and sponsored by the BC Government & Service Employees Union, 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 at Heritage Hall (Main Street at 15th Avenue on Tuesday, October 18 from 7:30pm – 10:30pm. 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. The spectacular line-up includes bhangra glitch-hop musical group Banyen Roots, bharata natyam dancer Anusha Fernando, sketch comedy superstars Bollywood Shenanigans, kathak dancer and vocalist Bageshree Vaze, ghazal / tabla from local wonder Cassius Khan, and last, but certainly not least, our headliner for the evening will be Grammy award-winning Canadian phenomenon Chin Injeti

 Diwali Downtown
Sunday, October 23, noon to 6 pm, The Roundhouse

The biggest event of our festival also closes the 2011 edition of Vancouver Celebrates Diwali. Taking place at The Roundhouse on Sunday, October 23 from 12:00pm – 6:00pm, this day-long event takes over the entire facility and includes dozens of performances taking place on multiple stages all across this famous Yaletown facility. Bring the entire family down to enjoy a full day of music, dance, crafts, interactive performances, rangolis, 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 our poster idols, classical bharata natyam dancers Malavika Santhosh and Sujit Vaidya, sitar / tabla combo Mohammed Assani & Sunny Matharu, bhangra glitch-hop musical group Banyen Roots, the amazing Senior Ladies Garba dance team,  a carnatic musical experience led by Vidyasagar Vankayala, a dance fusion experience featuring kathak dancer Anita Sharma with Celtic dancer Fred Nguyen, vocals / harmonium combo Freedom & Leela, fresh-on-the-scene bhangra dance sensations Jawani Bhangra, and our headliner for the evening, a showcase dance performance from Shiamak Bollywood Vancouver.

Diwali Workshops
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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. Workshops will be taking place at Sunset Community Centre, Renfrew Community Centre, Carnegie Community Centre, False Creek Community Centre, West End Community Centre and South Vancouver Neighborhood House.

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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