Largest South Asian festival goes digital with four major events featuring arts, culture and music in Brampton
Online festival to include talent hunt, classical music showcase and a visual arts showcase among other multicultural events
Brampton, ON (June 1, 2020) In an effort to strengthen connections between people when they need it the most, non-profit arts organization, Arts & Culture Initiative of South Asia (ACISA), has taken its most prestigious festivals to a digital format, due to the current COVID-19 pandemic. Vibrant Brampton, Vibrant Star, Visual Arts of South Asia (V.A.S.A) Arts festival and META- four eagerly anticipated events showcasing The culture and diversity of Ontario, will come alive this year in an exciting e-format. “The festival promotes local talent and includes an exciting line-up of emerging artists and well-known names in the entertainment industry that appeals to all ages,” said festival co-art director, Arpan Banerjee.
“More than ever, now is when arts and music and culture have the power to not only uplift spirits but also to bring people together in these unprecedented times. Our festivals endeavour to do just that” adds Ricky Bajaj, Co-Founder and President, ACISA.
ACISA’s digital programming for 2020 is as follows:
VibrantBrampton – A heritage festival featuring performances from renowned and emerging artists will be held every Tuesday and Wednesday from July 21 to August 5, 2020.
VibrantStar– A talent hunt with 6 finalists battling to win the top prize in three categories- vocal, instrumental and dance. The event will provide an opportunity for artistes to perform in Brampton’s largest arts, culture and heritage festival, #VibrantBrampton. Online auditions will begin from the week of June 15 followed by quarter finals in the week of July 13, culminating in a finale which begins the week of July 20, 2020.
VibrantClassical- A new segment launched this year to provide a platform to Classical artists to showcase their art forms. This segment is scheduled to run every Thursday starting August 20 for three consecutive weeks until September 3, 2020.
Visual Arts of South Asia (V.A.S.A) festival– An arts festival that provides artists with the opportunity to connect and create and promotes the visual arts through educational workshops and performances.
META- A digital and modern art festival that will live-stream exciting content every Tuesday and Thursday for the entire month of August. Tuesdays will be devoted to workshops/panels featuring local creators and partners, while Thursdays will feature live-streamed performances from global and local artists. The first two Tuesdays/Thursdays will focus on Brampton, while the remainder two Tuesdays and Thursdays will shine the spotlight on Mississauga.
ACISA’s Partners this year include City of Brampton, Canadian Heritage, Canada Council of Arts, City of Mississauga, Brampton Library, Mississauga Music, Beaux Arts Brampton and Visual Arts Mississauga
Name: Sandeep Prabhakar
Phone number: 416 720 3536
SOCIAL MEDIA HANDLES FOR EACH EVENT:
Bollywood Singer & Indian Idol Winner SREERAMA CHANDRA and Bhangra King JAZZY B to sizzle the audiences at VIBRANT BRAMPTON!
Brampton, ON (July 9, 2019) – Downtown Brampton is once again all set to come alive to the sights and sounds of South Asian culture with Vibrant Brampton on July 27 and 28. Organized by the non-profit group Arts and Culture Initiative of South Asia (ACISA,) the 4th annual Vibrant Brampton will bring a fun-filled two-day festival to Rose Theatre and Garden Square on July 27 & 28 respectively.
An amalgamation of culture and diversity in Ontario, Vibrant Brampton promotes local talent and includes an exciting line-up of budding artists and well-known names in the entertainment industry that appeals to all – young and the young-at-heart.
“Vibrant Brampton aims to promote cross-cultural understanding with the hope of bringing a diverse community together in celebration of life, culture, art and tradition, says Svetlana Lazareva, Director Multicultural Relations.
The two-day festival will kick off on July 27th at Rose Theatre with SREERAMA CHANDRA Live-in concert along with several other artists performing including Indigenous arts showcase by award winning Canadian artist David R. Maracle and several other artists from different genres promising to make you sway to the diverse music and myriad performances. The Live-in concert at the Rose Theatre is a ticketed event starting from just $10. Tickets are available at www.vibrantbrampton.ca
July 28th outdoor festival at the Garden Square is a free event and promises to bring an eclectic mix of programming that will include South Asian as well as artists from different ethnic backgrounds. The highlight of the outdoor festival is a live performance by the King of Bhangra – JAZZY B, along with his band of musicians, which will make the crowd dance and sing to hundreds of his foot tapping numbers.
Some of this year’s noted performances include acts from award winners Brampton Music Theatre, A New DAEI Group, Pan Fantasy Steel band and Neo House of Movement.
Canadian Bollywood rock band Lakhia Bros 2.0. is set to debut at the festival. Bollywood dance acts by Jadoo Entertainment & Linjo Brothers, traditional Chinese dragon dance by Lian Hua Arts, classical Indian dances by Mudra School of Arts, Shivanjali Dance Academy, Spandan Kala, and Sampradaya Dance. Canadian Pakistani music group R&B United, Bangladeshi dance by Nritto Kala Kendra and Guinness world record holder Punjabi bhangra and gidha (Punjabi folk dances) group, Nachdi Jawani are some of the 200 plus local performers at this year’s festival.
“Dance to the beats of Bollywood or sway to the diverse music from rest of the world or get a taste of the mouth-watering cuisines from South Asia, Mexico, Middle-East and North America or buy a souvenir, it will be a day to remember”, says Ricky Bajaj, Founder & President of the non-profit festival.
ACISA’s mandate is to promote the diversity of South Asian art forms; break cultural barriers; imbibe the evolving cultural values of Canada; and communicate and share the philosophy of diversity” as quoted by board Chair, Sandeep Prabhakar.
The non-profit group, ACISA also hosts annual Visual Arts of South Asia (V.A.S.A) arts festival –www.vasaartsfestival.ca for visual art lovers and META Brampton- www.metabrampton.ca, a unique digital music & media festival catering to the millennials.
Learn more at www.acisa.ca
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About Jazzy B
Punjabi singer, actor, filmmaker Jaswinder Singh Bains aka Jazzy B was born in Punjab, India and moved to Vancouver when he was 5 years old. A great fan of the legendry Punjabi singer Kuldeep Manak, his first album was released in 1993 with the name “Gugiyan da Jora” followed by The Canadian Spice the very next year. Folk ‘N’ Funky, Folkal Attraction, All Eyez on Me, Stayin’ Real Surma, Oh Kehri, Tera Roop. Romeo and Maharajas are some of his albums.
Bollywood actor & producer John Abrahum started career from his song Surma released in 2000. In 2001 his song Oh Kehri from the album of same name featured Celina Jaitley. He is known for his song Dil Luteya with Apache Indian from his album Romeo. Esha Gupta featured in his song Glassy from album Rambo in 2008. Surveen Chawla first appeared in his song Naag 2 in 2010 and then in Mitran De Boot in 2014. In 2015 he worked with international rapper Snoop Dogg in song Most Wanted which is featured in MTV India. His song Sat Rangey played in the background of Hollywood movie Deadpool in 2016. He becomes the first South Asian entertainer to have his name added to the BC Entertainment Hall of Fame StarWalk in Vancouver. His latest song “Ajj Singh Garjega” for Akshay Kumar‘s movie Kesari has been a blockbuster.
About Sreerama Chandra
Sreerama Chandra Mynampati is a professional singer, winner from Hyderabad who debuted his playback career in the Telugu film industry. Sreeram won the fifth season of music reality show Indian Idol 5 and was awarded by one of the most prominent figures in the history of Indian cinema, Amitabh Bachchan. Sreerama’s first blockbuster hit song was with Himesh Reshamiya for the Movie Khiladi 786. The song “Balma” threw a completely different light on his vocal skills as it challenged and popularized Sreeram in Bollywood. Thereon he went on to singing various hit songs in Bollywood such as “Subhanallah” from Yeh Jawani Hai Deewani, Allah Duhai Hai from Race 2 and many more in various languages.
VIBRANT BRAMPTON SET TO SIZZLE THIS SUMMER!
CANADA, JUNE 15, 2018: Brampton’s biggest two-day festival, Vibrant Brampton is returning for its third year on July 27 and 28. Organized by the non-profit group Arts and Culture Initiative of South Asia (ACISA), Vibrant Brampton is a free event taking place at Sheridan College Grounds, Davis Campus in Brampton.
This year we see bands such as, Sirens of Shanti, the brain-child of Juno-nominated fame, Tony Singh, KARMA, of Lost Again fame, an Indo-Jazz Bollywood dance show by Shiamak Dance Toronto, classical and fusion kathak by the talented Panwar Dance Group, award winning Indian classical dancer Enakshi Sinha, as well as Nrityadeep, a Bharatnatyam group blending East and West, to name a few. Vibrant Brampton promises to bring an eclectic mix of programming from various ethnic backgrounds with headliners Harpreet Dhillon & Jassi Kaur, Punjabi pop duo from India on the 27th and Indo-Canadian Bollywood heartthrob Parichay and International multi-talented artist, Miraya Varma, performing on July 28th along with Saregama singing sensation Sumana Ganguly. “The team at ACISA is doing an amazing job with 15 days of Visual and Performing Arts awesomeness! As the largest South Asian festival in Brampton, we’re excited to bring a whirlwind of world-class entertainment to the GTA. Free concerts by Bollywood stars, cutting edge visual arts exhibition, fantastic food, free KidZone, spectacular dancers, VIP events and everything fun under the sun- that’s Vibrant Brampton in a nutshell,” says festival president Ricky Bajaj.
In the past couple years, this festival was organized at the Garden Square. This year, the festival has grown and will beheld in a new and bigger location- the Sheridan College, Davis Campus. The festival is sponsored by RBC, Value Mobile, Downtown Brampton BIA and funded by the City of Brampton and Canadian Heritage. This event is also supported by Stop Diabetes Foundation and Beaux Arts, Brampton.
ACISA also presents a two-week long arts festival titled Visual Arts of South Asia (VASA) that runs from July 15 to 28. It will be held at Beaux Arts in Downtown Brampton and showcases new and established artists.
Both Vibrant Brampton and VASA will have several events including hands-on workshops, Q & A Panel discussions, a pre-event party and a Gala reception at the Brampton City Hall Conservatory on July 26.
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The first ever South Asian festival in Garden Square, Downtown Brampton
BRAMPTON, ON: Garden Square in Downtown Brampton is all set to come alive to the sights and sounds of South Asian culture with Vibrant Brampton on July 23, 3 – 11 pm. Organized by the non-profit group Arts and Culture Initiative of South Asian (ACISA) Vibrant Brampton is a free event that will bring a fun-filled day-long festival, for the first time ever, to the heart of Brampton – Garden Square in front of the Rose Theatre.
The event includes an exciting lineup of artistes that will appeal to all – young and the young-at-heart. From upcoming local stars to well-known names in the entertainment industry, Vibrant Brampton is the place to be on July 23. With support from the City of Brampton, Vibrant Brampton aims to promote cross-cultural understanding with the hope of bringing a diverse community together in celebration of life, culture, art and tradition. Dance to the beats of Bollywood or sway to the diverse music from India or get a taste of the mouth-watering cuisine from South Asia or buy a souvenir, it will be a day to remember.
- Sarabjit Cheema & Sabrina
- Fateh Doe—Punjabi Rap (Much Music Artist)
- Shiamak Davar Dance Academy-Bollywood Dancing
- Avengers—Nadeem Ali + Parag Ray (Pakistan)
- Rasika Group— Indian Classical Music
- Panwar Music and Dance—Indian Classical-Kathak
- Bhangra & Gidda
- Prima Group—Tollywood/Tamil Dancing
- Bangladeshi dance
Mark your calendar and stay tuned as an exciting lineup of events are revealed in the weeks to come. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Snapchat @VibrantAcisa. Visit www.vibrantfestcanada.com for more information.
About ACISA: A non-profit organization promoting cross cultural understanding with the aim to bringing a diverse community together in celebration of life, culture, art and tradition. Our purpose it to promote the diversity of South Asian art forms, break cultural barriers, the evolving cultural values of Canada and communicate and share the philosophy of diversity.