5X, a South Asian youth festival, returns to Metro Vancouver this June and features the best of music, art, fashion and film.
Last year, over 12,000 people attended the festival, and performances included superstars like Jasmine Jasmine Sandlas and Sharry Mann. This year, the festival takes place from June 12-16 and will host renowned artists such as Raja Kumari, Sidhu Moose Wala and Mickey Singh.
The festival’s flagship event, 5X Block Party, will take place once again at Central City in the heart of Surrey.
Mickey Singh, Singer, said, “ I’m excited to be a headliner at 5X in Surrey this year. It’s great to be involved in a festival that provides a platform for the next generation of talent in our community. As a long-time fan of the organization, I look forward to being on stage and performing for my fans in BC.”
Below is an overview of the events. Visit 5xfest.com for the full talent line-up.
May 31, 2019 – 5X Pre-Party: Advertised as “A Bombay club night in Vancouver”
June 12, 2019 – 5X Art Party: Evening spotlighting South Asian artists who impact art and fashion around the world.
June 13, 2019 – 5X Movie Night: Evening that showcases five acclaimed short films from different regions from around the globe.
June 14, 2019 – 5X Womxn Showcase: Evening featuring local female musicians, and showcases a range of emerging and established talent.
June 14 – 15. 2019: 2V2BC: The 2 vs 2 Bhangra Contest followed an unorthodox format, and became a highlight of the festival. Auditions run online on Instagram starting in May, and finalists compete during the Festival weekend in front of a panel of celebrity judges.
June 15, 2019 – 5X Block Party: The flagship event and free party will take place again in Central Surrey. Some of the biggest headliners in the world meet the next generation of cutting-edge talent – Sidhu Moose Wala, Mickey Singh, and Raja Kumari.
June 16, 2019 – 5X Creates: Compelling South Asian creative professionals spend an afternoon of music-oriented workshops and panel discussions about the future of art, culture, and community-building. Guests include The Sandy Lion, Malinder Tooray and BFunk.
5X is the signature initiative by Vancouver International Bhangra Celebration Society (VIBC), a charitable organization that previously hosted the well-known “City of Bhangra” Festival, bhangra competitions, and other events to bring awareness to and support South Asian arts.
When: June 12-16, 2019
Where: Multiple Venues