SOUTH ASIAN FESTIVAL GOES DIGITAL FEATURING ARTS, CULTURE, MUSIC

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Online festivals to include talent hunt, classical music showcase and a visual arts show

Brampton, ON (June 17, 2020):  Arts & Culture Initiative of South Asia (ACISA), a non-profit organization will present its most prestigious festivals in an exciting new format.  Keeping the current COVID-19 pandemic in mind, four eagerly anticipated events – Vibrant Brampton, Vibrant Star, Visual Arts of South Asia (V.A.S.A) Arts festival and META – showcasing the culture and diversity of Ontario, will come alive this year in a digital format.

“More than ever now is when arts and music and culture have the power to uplift spirits and to bring people together in these unprecedented times. Our festivals endeavour to do just that” says Ricky Bajaj, ACISA co-founder and president.

More than a 100 local and International artists from Bollywood playback and Pakistan music industry will be showcased in this festival.

“The festival promotes local talent and includes an exciting line-up of emerging artists and well-known names in the entertainment industry which appeals to all ages,” adds festival art director and co-founder, Arpan Banerjee.

This year’s festival partners include City of Brampton, Canadian Heritage, Canada Council of Arts, City of Mississauga, Brampton Library, Mississauga Music, Beaux Arts Brampton and Visual Arts Mississauga.

ACISA’s DIGITAL 2020 PROGRAMMING:

VibrantBrampton – A heritage festival featuring performances from renowned and emerging artists will be held every Tuesday and Wednesday from July 21 to August 5, 2020.

VibrantStar A talent hunt with six finalists battling to win the top prize in three categories- vocal, instrumental and dance. The event will provide an opportunity for artistes to perform in Brampton’s largest arts, culture and heritage festival, #VibrantBrampton. Online auditions will begin from the week of June 15 followed by quarter finals in the week of July 13, culminating in a finale which begins the week of July 20, 2020.

VibrantClassical– A new segment launched this year to provide a platform for classical artists to showcase their art forms. This segment is scheduled to run every Thursday starting August 20 for three consecutive weeks until September 3, 2020.

Visual Arts of South Asia (V.A.S.A) festival– An arts festival that provides artists with the opportunity to connect and create, and promotes visual arts through educational workshops and performances.

META- A digital and modern art festival that will live-stream exciting content every Tuesday and Thursday for the entire month of August. Tuesdays will be devoted to workshops/panels featuring local creators and partners, while Thursdays will feature live-streamed performances from global and local artists. The first two Tuesdays/Thursdays will focus on Brampton, while the remainder two Tuesdays and Thursdays will shine the spotlight on Mississauga.

 

KEY DATES

June 15 – Online Auditions begin (Vibrant Star)

July 13 – 19 – Quarter finals (Vibrant Star)

July 20 – Grand Finale (Vibrant Star)

July 21 and 22 – Renowned and Emerging artists (Vibrant Brampton)

July 28 and 29 – Renowned and Emerging artists (Vibrant Brampton)

August 4– Workshops/panels featuring local creators and partners with focus on Brampton (Meta)

August 5 and 6 – Renowned and Emerging artists (Vibrant Brampton)

August 6 – Modern art festival with live-streamed performances from global and local artists with focus on Brampton (Meta)

August 11 – Workshops/panels featuring local creators and partners with focus on Brampton (Meta)

August 13 – Modern art festival with live-streamed performances from global and local artists with focus on Brampton (Meta)

August 18 – Workshops/panels featuring local creators and partners with focus on Mississauga (Meta)

August 20 – Modern art festival with live-streamed performances from global and local artists with focus on Mississauga (Meta)

August 20 – Classical artists showcase art forms (Vibrant Classical)

August 25 – Workshops/panels featuring local creators and partners with focus on Mississauga (Meta)

August 27 – Workshops/panels featuring local creators and partners with focus on Mississauga (Meta)

August 27 – Classical artists showcase art forms (Vibrant Classical)

September 3 – Classical artists showcase art forms (Vibrant Classical)

 

ABOUT ACISA

Arts & Culture Initiative of South Asia (ACISA) is a non- profit organization with a vision to promote cross cultural understanding with the aim to 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;  break cultural barriers and encourage participation, allowing all communities from Brampton to experience the different forms of South Asian Arts and culture; showcase South Asian heritage as it continues to evolve imbibing the cultural values of Canada and communicate key messages that share the philosophy of diversity with residents of Brampton.  For more information, visit www.acisa.ca.

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