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UPDATES

- This year's Bollywood Under The Stars will be August 11th, 6pm-10pm, at Newton Athletic Park in Surrey.  SAFA will be hosting a free outdoor showing of Chennai Express starring Shah Rukh Khan and Deepika Padukone! Bring your lawn chairs & blankets; vendors including food/snacks will be available on site. Join us for a great evening.  The film will be shown with English subtitles.

- India Live is back!  SAFA is proud to announce its annual India Live street festival is returning to the heart of downtown Vancouver on Saturday, August 19th, 12pm-8pm.  Join us for this FREE fun-filled event, when Granville Street comes alive with the music, dance, food, and culture of India. This year's headlining artist will be Mankirt Aulakh!  Stay tuned for more details on great local performers!

 

 

INDIA LIVE 2017

 

Save the date! SAFA's INDIA LIVE returns to Granville on Saturday, August 19th

Vancouver, BC - It's that time of year again! The South Asian Family Association (SAFA) is gearing up for its signature annual Summer festival, INDIA LIVE, which is taking place Saturday, August 19th on Granville Street in downtown Vancouver. It starts at 12 pm and wraps up at 8 pm. This event is FREE for the public and utilizes music, song, dance and visual arts to highlight our intercultural community. There is also a vibrant vendor marketplace that features cultural wares, clothing, gifts and delicious snacks. Family fun for everyone!  SAFA is excited to announce our headlining artist this year is Mankirt Aulakh!

“We are delighted to invite everyone to come join us for SAFA’s annual celebration of art, culture and history in downtown Vancouver. The festival is open to all ages and backgrounds and attendance is free of charge! India Live is always a fun and eventful afternoon for the whole family and this year we will be showcasing cultures from all around the world. Stop by and try some delicious food from around the Indian subcontinent and stay for the Bhangra dance party to end the evening!" – Jasroop Grewal, SAFA President

Stay tuned to our India Live event page for updates regarding the lineup of artists, performances, vendors and the day's schedule.  For more details contact Event Coordinator Rina Gill at 778 688 4973.  SAFA would like to thanks its sponsors: the City of Vancouver, the Province of BC, Fortis BC and Downtown Vancouver B.I.A. ☆☆☆ A special thanks as well to our media sponsors: #GlobalBC #CKNW #DailyHiveVan #SpiceRadio #OmniBC#VanCourier #604Now #Voice #Surrey604 #SurreyNow

SAFA

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!  In 2016 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.