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Vibrant Brampton attracts thousands to Downtown Brampton

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Published on July 19, 2017 with No Comments

Building on the success of last year, the second annual South Asian festival – Vibrant Brampton was a tremendous success. Thousands over the course of two days, thronged in Garden Square in downtown Brampton and attended an eclectic mix of programming. From classical and contemporary dance and music that showcased the best of India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Nepal and Sri Lanka to a community mural painting project, the event drew fan following from across the GTA.

New for this year was the Visuals Initiative of South Asia (V.I.S.A) seven-day arts festival at Beaux Arts gallery in downtown Brampton. As part of this project, the community mural painting was a huge success bringing the young to the young-at-heart in lending a hand at completing the mural.

Mayor Linda Jeffrey inaugurated the show along with MP Sonia Sidhu and NDP leader Andrea Howarth by lighting the traditional lamp. Also in attendance were Brampton City Councilor’s Pat Fortini, Jeff Bowman and Martin Medeiros on FridayJuly 14.MP Sidhu brought greetings from the Prime Minister. The following day MPP Harinder Malhi brought greetings from the Premier for the event.

The highlight of the event was the headliner Aditya Narayan who drew in the audience by his soulful rendering of popular Bollywood movies songs. Other artistes such as Mallika Jyoti, Anita Lerche and Raghav along with numerous other local performers, ensured that Vibrant Brampton was once again a massive success.

The following messages were sent to the organizers of the event Arts and Culture Initiative of South Asian:

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau

I would like to commend the Arts and Culture Initiative of South Asia for organizing this event. You can take pride in the knowledge that your efforts have strengthened your community and enriched Canada as a whole. Please accept my best wishes for an enjoyable and memorable experience

Premier Kathleen Wynne

I thank the organizers, volunteers and everyone whose hard work has ensured the success of this event. Know that this celebration enhances the cultural landscape of our province and of our country. Please accept my best wishes for a memorable festival

Mayor Linda Jeffrey  This event is a great platform to showcase and share the South Asian music, culture, food and heritage that is a part of Brampton’s multicultural mosaic. Festivals and arts bring our many different communities together as we explore and learn the uniqueness of every culture. Culture is important to us because it defines our identity and values. In Brampton, we don’t just embrace diversity, we celebrate it. We are proud to be home to Vibrant Brampton, and all our youth that are involved in it. I wish good luck and success to the organizers, and all the local and international talent for this festival. Thank you to all the volunteers that make this event a success.

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, imbibe the evolving cultural values of Canada and communicate and share the philosophy of diversity.

 

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