Vancouver’s Bard on the Beach Shakespeare Festival Kicks Off

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A scene from Romeo and Juliet

The familiar red and white tents set up in Vanier Park mean only one thing – that one of the city’s favorite summer festivals is well under way. Continue reading:
Vancouver’s Bard on the Beach Shakespeare Festival Kicks Off

Yaletown transforms into Candytown this Saturday!

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Image courtesy of Yaletown BIA | Flickr.com

Christmas is coming early to Yaletown this Saturday, November 22nd for the 3rd annual free holiday festival – Candytown! If you’re ready to get into the holiday spirit, Yaletown is the place to be this weekend. Vancouver’s only free, outdoor Christmas festival will transform Mainland Street into a winter wonderland from noon until 7:00pm.

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Yaletown transforms into Candytown this Saturday!

Bhangra beats take over Vancouver from lunch until late May 30 – June 8

A Finnish Bhangra band called Shava photo credit: VIBC

A Finnish Bhangra band called Shava photo credit: HSBC City of Bhangra/VIBC

One of Vancouver’s telltale signs of spring is back. The 9th annual HSBC City of Bhangra Festival runs from May 30 – June 8. Punctuated by colour and rhythm the festival attracts bhangra groups from as far as Brazil, India and Finland to our fair city.  

“We’re trying to feature new acts like young Canadian singer Inder Kooner. By supporting acts like Inder, the Vancouver International Bhangra Celebration Society builds community for everyone through the celebration of bhangra,” says Sukhi Ghuman, a member of the festival organizing committee.

“We really want all cultures and communities to feel welcome at the festival.”

Originating about 500 years ago, Bhangra was invented by wheat farmers in India’s Punjab province. Toiling in the hot, golden fields Punjabi farmers would dance and sing about village life to fight the monotony of working all day during harvest season.

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Bhangra beats take over Vancouver from lunch until late May 30 – June 8