Vibrant Brampton returns July 27 and 28 – Brampton Guardian

by Marta Marychuk

Brampton’s biggest two-day South Asian festival, Vibrant Brampton, is returning for its third year, on July 27 and 28, at the Davis Campus of Sheridan College, in Brampton.

The free event is organized by the nonprofit group Arts & Culture Initiative of South Asia (ACISA).

Vibrant Brampton provides a taste of South Asian culture that encompasses India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Nepal and Sri Lanka. The event includes performances by various artists such as dance groups, classical musicians and modern popular singers.

This year, Vibrant Brampton features: Sirens of Shanti, Harpreet Dhillon, Jassi Kaur, Panwar Dance Group, Enakshi Sinha and Nrityadeep, among others.

In the past couple of years, this festival was held at Brampton’s Garden Square. This year, the festival will grow into a new and larger location, at Sheridan College, in Brampton.

Vibrant Brampton is sponsored by RBC, Value Mobile, Downtown Brampton BIA and funded by the City of Brampton and Canadian Heritage. This event is also supported by Stop Diabetes Foundation and Beaux Arts, Brampton.

This summer, ACISA also presents a two-week arts festival, called Visual Arts of South Asia (VASA), that runs from July 15 to 28. It is held at Beaux Arts Brampton and showcases new and established artists.

Arts and Culture Initiative of South Asia promotes cross-cultural understanding, with the aim of bringing a diverse community together in celebration of life, culture, art and tradition.

The organization’s mission is to promote the diversity of South Asian art forms by showcasing local artists and providing them with an opportunity to present their work to a wide audience, and to break cultural barriers and encourage participation.

Both Vibrant Brampton and VASA will have several events, including hands-on workshops, Q&A panel discussions, a pre-event party and a gala reception at the Brampton City Hall Conservatory on July 26. For more information, visit or

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City hosts pride celebration in Garden Square on July 8 from 12 to 8 pm

BRAMPTON, ON – On July 8, celebrate pride in Brampton in Garden Square for the first time!

Pride in the Square will take place from 12 to 5 pm, and feature an exciting lineup of family-friendly stage performances by local and national artists, speakers, face painting, buskers, stilt-walkers, and a Community Fair.

The event will be hosted by Brampton’s own Daniel Pillai, a writer, producer and media personality. With his opinionated wit (and trademark blazers), he has taken charge of the media landscape in his own unique way.

Enjoy live entertainment all afternoon. Listen to Drag Storytime by Fay & Fluffy, enjoy the sounds of DIANA, and Canadian Mohawk singer-songwriter Shawnee, watch performances by Ill Nana DiverseCity Dance Company and EJ Kwandibens, and dance to tunes spun by DJ Regina Gently. Local artists include Sonya Shorter and R. Flex.

The Community Fair will bring together several local groups that serve the LGBTQ2IA+ community. This will be an exciting opportunity to learn about the many groups and services for the community.

Don’t miss the after party from 5 to 8 pm. DJ Sikh Knowledge will be spinning on The Rose Patio where bar service will be available.

All are welcome to celebrate this special day in Garden Square! To learn more about Pride in the Square, and for full details on Garden Square’s programming, visit


“Brampton is welcoming and inclusive to all the unique communities that are part of the rich fabric of our city. We are very proud to host the City’s first Pride celebration, and we invite our residents and visitors to attend, July 8 in Garden Square”
– Mayor Linda Jeffrey

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Natalie Stogdill
Media Coordinator
City of Brampton
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