STAFF REPORTER, BRAMPTON: You only need to be a fan of music, art or dance or just be a summer festival enthusiast!
The non-profit group, Arts and Culture Initiative of South Asia (ACISA), is gearing up to entertain the crowds of Brampton, Mississauga and surrounding cities, with Vibrant Brampton, a free two-day festival that is taking place at Sheridan College Grounds, Davis Campus in Brampton on July 27 and 28. Apart from performing arts, ACISA will be also be presenting a two-week long Visual Arts of South Asian (V.A.S.A. – Arts Festival), titled Colours of South Asia, which will run from July 15 to 28 at Beaux Arts in downtown Brampton. The festivals have several components including hands on workshops, Q & A Panel discussions, a pre-event party and a Gala reception at Brampton City Hall Conservatory on July 26th.
An Indo-Jazz Bollywood dance show choreographed by Shiamak Dance Toronto and a classical and fusion kathak performance by the talented Panwar Dance Group are some of the components of the festival. Award-winning Indian classical dancer Enakshi Sinha together with Flamenco dancer, Tamar Ilana will be presenting yet another fusion arts performance and Danseuse, Gunja Chakravarty and her team are set to wow the crowds with their Bharatnatyam-contemporary blend through Gunja’s brand, Nrityadeep.
This free and open festival will have the crowds dancing and humming to old and new songs in numerous languages from bands and individual artists from the GTA like Harpreet Dhillon, Punjabi youth singing sensation, Kamal UK, Indo-Canadian Bollywood heartthrob Parichay, along with Saregama semi finalist Sumana Ganguly. Juno nominated artist, Tony Singh will perform with his band Sirens of Shanti, while the band, KARMA, of Lost Again fame will ‘wow’ the crowds with an East and West mix of music. International multi-talented artist, Miraya and Punjabi artist Jassi Kaur will regale the crowds with their popular numbers.
“This year, ACISA is ensuring that the 15 days of the celebration of Arts and Culture is a real treat to the community! Whether you like to dance to the beats of Bollywood or sway to diverse music, get a taste of mouth-watering South Asian cuisine or buy a souvenir, it will be a festival to remember this summer,” says Festival chairman Sandeep Prabhakar.