5X is a South Asian millennial festival showcasing the best of music, art, film and fashion.
5X is a global brand and online community that champions South Asian youth culture for ages 16-35. We bring the liberated spaces of social media into a real, physical experience. Our flagship Surrey festival, taking inspiration from both SXSW and Afropunk, features the best of South Asian music, art, fashion, and film.
A revolution by us that ripples across the world.
We aim for a thriving, supportive atmosphere that provides a platform for our many local success stories, a meeting point for global culture makers, and an intersection between the two. We’re not interested in presenting the biggest stars - we’re interested in presenting the most liberated, creative personalities. We’re interested in presenting influencers who inspire others to be fully themselves. We create a space where artists can meet artists, novices can meet masters, and fans can be inspired to find their inner artist. 5X is a super-powered expression of homegrown talent meeting the best of modern desi culture.
We are activists and with creativity as our activism. We are an outspoken advocate for inclusivity, representation and social justice. We do not censor, we provoke. We challenge audiences to open their minds to other ways of life and other perspectives. Everything is up for conversation. As South Asians with complex identities, our goal is to stimulate free and liberated artistic expression of our lived realities. That said, we are committed to providing a safe space for individuals of all ethnicities, genders and sexual orientations. Hate speech is not tolerated, nor is violence of any kind.
Our time has come. Though the struggle continues, in many ways the trials and tribulations of immigrating to a new land have subsided. For the first time we have time. To create and be beautiful together. We are the product of generational traumas. Being together, holding each other, listening to each other, creates a community that can begin to heal. And create a new story for itself. We can begin to see similarities in the struggles of other subordinate communities (Indigenous, communities of colour, LGBTQ) and stand in solidarity with them.
Create. Express. Multiply.
Founded in 2004, VIBC is a charity based in Vancouver, BC hosting initiatives to further support progressive South Asian artistic expression. Our signature initiative is 5X - a world-class festival and global online community.
5X Fest is committed to gender parity. We actively seek to empower womxn, differently-abled and LGBTQ2+ community members. We are committed to our policy.
• We use gender positive communication on all our channels
• We have clearly delineated rules of conduct for the entire fan journey - from
ticketing sites to pre-festival warmup, to signage on site
• We are committed to achieving gender parity in all of our written
communications. We regularly feature female and LGBTQ+ community
members in our blog, on socials
• We regularly engage with and repost the content of female artists across our
social channels. About 80% of the artwork we highlight is created by female
• We will achieve gender parity on our 2020 line up
• Our Art Party features majority female visual artists and designers
• Our Womxn’s Showcase is specific programming featuring acts of persons
who identify as female to highlight and support the works of artists who
identify as female
• Our 5X Creates programming puts emphasis on creative female
• We currently have a majority female staff (80%), and volunteer team (60%)
• We have a clearly delineated internal code of conduct as well as
mandatory educational tools, mentorships and workshops for all of our
staff and volunteers on gender parity, LGBTQ2+ terms, as well as Safe Night
Out guidelines to promote community, safety, well-being and awareness.
• We will divert 5% of all profits to organizations supporting local mental
health initiatives prioritizing young women and LGBTQ2+ community
• We create and promote educational tools highlighting female narratives –
including an internal staff glossary as well as an online blog and ongoing
photo exhibit called Himmat, which serves as a platform for South Asian
womxn to express themselves authentically.
• We actively seek community partnerships and stand in solidarity with
womxn’s rights groups, female networking groups, South Asian LGBTQ2+
groups, female social influencers with strong positive messaging, and
female entrepreneurs to build upon a global network of local and
international creative South Asian womxn.
We’ve worked really hard to create a space where everyone can belong.
Please treat the performers, artists, vendors and each other with respect and care. We’re all family here.
As such, we have a zero tolerance policy for sexual harassment, homophobia, transphobia, sexism, racism and religious discrimination.
Anyone acting in a way that causes harm or puts the well being of another at risk will be spoken with and may be asked to leave.
Please be aware of and responsible for your actions. Let us know if you feel unsafe, or if you see anyone acting contrary to our vision for this event.
Thank you and have a good festival.