5X Festival 2019

5X Festival

Get ready for a cultural experience like never before. The annual 5X Festival (formerly known City of Bhangra) is returning to Metro Vancouver this June with events in both Surrey and Vancouver.

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Festival events will take place at various venues from Wednesday, June 12th – Sunday, June 16th, 2019. Highlights this year include a block party, Bhangra street battle tournament, art party, womxn’s showcase, and panel event.

Overall, it’s a golden opportunity to really dive into South Asian culture and party with people from all walks of life.

Schedule of Events

5X Art Party (June 12)

Held at the 5X Arts Hub, this night will feature young South Asian artists impacting art and fashion fans around the world. Featuring local talent from Lower Mainland including visual artists and fashion designers. Tickets are $20 and available for purchase here.

5X Movie Night (June 13)

Showcasing five acclaimed short films from different regions from around the globe. Film-lovers and filmmakers alike will be inspired by this unique collection of stories spotlighting a myriad of South Asian Diasporic identities and experiences. Get your tickets for $10 online here.

5X Womxn’s Showcase (June 14)

Perhaps even more so than in the mainstream, South Asian entertainment is dominated by men. Our effort to address male bias in the music industry, this is a night featuring local female musicians. All genders and sexualities are welcome; people who identify as female will be taking the mic! Tickets are available for $10 here.

2 Vs 2 Bhangra Competition Semi-Finals (June 14)

An unorthodox format and emphasis on creativity turned this into the highlight of the festival for many last year, with a number of the routines going viral on Instagram. Auditions run online on Instagram starting in May, and finalists compete during the Festival weekend in front of a panel of celebrity judges.

5X Block Party (June 15)

This year’s flagship event lineup features both local and international artists that will hit the stage to deliver a highly anticipated live free concert.

Headliners include:

  • Sidhu Moose Wala
  • Jaz Dhami
  • Mickey Singh
  • Raja Kumari
  • Intense
  • ‍DJ Apogee
  • DJ Impact
  • DJ Arsenal
  • Malinder Tooray

2 Vs 2 Bhangra Competition Finals (June 15)

Come out and see who will win this year’s bhangra competition! Judges include Shivani and Chaya (BhangraFunk), along with Harkiran (Panj).

5X Creates (June 16)

From the mysteries of building a social media following, to pursuing your creative passions, learn from some of the most compelling South Asians in the world in this hands on afternoon of music-oriented workshops and panel discussions about the culture and building the community to build the future. This event is free to attend but requires attendees to RSVP online here.

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5X Festival 2019

Location: Various locations across Vancouver and Surrey

Admission: Needed for some festival events

Time: Various times

Date: Wednesday June 12th, 2019 - Sunday June 16th, 2019

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