Granville Street Comes Alive with the Culture of India

India Live | August 9, 2014 | 12-8pm | 700 Block of Granville Street

Vancouver:A Vancouver based not-for-profit, the South Asian Family Association is bringing the culture of India to the downtown core. As part of the City of Vancouver and Downtown Vancouver Business Improvement Association’s Viva Vancouver series, India Live will highlight cultural activities of the Indian diaspora through music, dance, art and sport.

On the main stage, the event is focuses on providing a highlight of Canadian talent. With so many amazing artists in our local community and across Canada, the event will showcase performance pieces that vary from traditional to modern in style. Featured local talents include YasminaDance Academy, Neelamjit Quartet, Now or Never Dance Crew, Lapis featuring beat boxer Rup Sidhu and sitarist Mohammed Assani, Vijay’s Brass Band and South Asian Arts amongst others. The evening will be closed out with a performance by Toronto based, ManjMusik, formerly known as the lead vocalist for the well-known Punjabi group RDB.

Throughout the rest of the festival grounds, attendees will have the opportunity to get more interactive and join the join with physical activities such as yoga classes by Karma Teachers, Bhangra classes by South Asian Arts, Gatka (an Indian martial art) demonstrations by the Guru Nanak Sikh Academy, and much more.

They will also be able to participate by creating a large scale rangoli, have their hands adorned with henna tattoos, be glommed up with Bollywood makeovers provided by London Drugs, dress up in South Asian outfits in front of our photo backdrop, dance along with a live music from MiB Roadshow and explore cultures good through a small vendor marketplace.

“We are very excited to provide this unique opportunity to engage in Indian culture up close and personal in both active and passive experiences,” says SAFA Board Member, Nina Sohi-Brar. “We encourage attendees to join in and immerse themselves within the culture and get hands-on with the many workshops and interactive experiences available to them.”