This year’s 5X Fest is going to be jam-packed with tons of your favourite artists and creators, and even more opportunities to interact with some of the biggest creatives, thinkers and influencers in the game right now.

From a virtual festival last year, to a live and in-person festival (with safety protocols in place, of course), we could not be more excited to connect in person, and to keep everyone at home engaged in the action.

Kicking off the festivities on Monday, September 6, is a series of IG Live interviews hosted in 5X’s Instagram, ranging from arts & culture, news, trending topics, community & more with notable names in the 5X Fam.

On Monday, September 6 at 6 PM catch the live with Gurnaz, a creator and influencer who has amassed a devoted following across multiple platforms.

On Tuesday, September 7 at 6 PM, watch a candid conversation with designer and activist Gurkiran Kaur, who also happens to be married to NDP Federal Party Leader Jagmeet Singh.

On Wednesday, September 8, at 6 PM, tune in to a sit down with Queens-based Bengali rapper Anik Khan, about community, music, & his new EP.

On Thursday, September 9, at 6 PM, a special surprise guest will be joining us!

On Friday, A conversation with Jolene Sloane, a Punjabi drag queen who moved from India to the Yukon, about how they navigate both their identity & culture. 

Following the jam-packed week of IG live interviews, on Saturday and Sunday September 11 and 12, a number of local dance teams will be hosting pop-up performances curated by Vancity Bhangra in parts of Surrey.

And finally, starting on Friday, September 17, we will kick off the in-person Blockparty at the Beaumont in Vancouver!

The most recent additions to the lineup include Chani Natt and Inderpal Moga, Robyn Sandhu, Horsepowar, & Avanti Nagral. 

Other notable headliners at the festival are PropheC, Fateh DOE, Intense & so much more.

It’ll be a packed week with lots to watch, listen, and engage with, so don’t forget to follow 5X Fest on Instagram so you don’t miss a moment.

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