The South Asian Family Association (SAFA) is a non-profit organization dedicated to highlighting the South Asian community and culture. Our goals are: to promote positive images of the South Asian community; enhance cross-cultural understanding; and empower families to maintain their heritage while embracing Canadian culture. Some of the ways we have accomplished these goals include organizing Indian festivals (including our annual summer India Live festival and Diwali functions); providing annual scholarships to high school students who have demonstrated excellence in academics and community service; holding International Women's Day forums and Mothers & Daughters dinners; running youth summer camps; and organizing health fairs for the South Asian community. Learn more about us here.
Our annual feature cultural festival is India Live. Previously, India Live has been comprised of two events: Bollywood Under the Stars, a free outdoor movie experience featuring a popular Bollywood film with English subtitles; and India Live, a free street festival highlighting the vast Indian culture, including live song and dance performances, yoga demonstrations, turban tying, kara racing, roti-making competitions, Gatka demonstrations, scholarship presentations, and much more! This year SAFA was pleased to add a third event to India Live, An Evening with Malkit Singh, a fundraiser dinner with headline performer Malkit Singh. Guests were given an unique opportunity to dine and mingle with the singer, experiencing and learning about Bhangra from the best in the business.
Thank you to all who came out to join us for Bollywood Under the Stars this year on August 20th, 2016 at Unwin Park.
SAFA is thrilled to announce our next event, India Live 2016, on Saturday, August 27th on Granville Street in Downtown Vancouver. The festivities start at 12pm, with a headline performance by the one and only Malkit Singh at 1:30pm! Come join us at Granville and Georgia and experience the culture of India, including live music and dance performances, turban tying, Gatka demonstrations, bhangra workshops, a community rangoli, and much more! Free admission for all. We will also be presenting our 2016 SAFA student scholarship winners that afternoon.