A runaway success for us in our inaugural year was #2V2BC - the 2 vs 2 Bhangra Contest.
An unorthodox format and emphasis on creativity turned this into the highlight of the festival for many, with a number of the routines going viral on Instagram. Auditions run online on Instagram starting in May, and finalists compete during the Festival weekend in front of a panel of celebrity judges.
Guest Judges: BFunk (Shivani + Chaya), Harkiran Kaur (Panj, Surrey) and Harmeet Dhaliwal (ABC Dance Centre, Seattle)
MC’s: Gary “St. Lion” Mangat and Chandni Sanger
In collaboration with Vancity Bhangra
This is bhangra for the streets.
With 36 bhangra dance teams, BC is home to one of the most vibrant dance scenes on the planet. We’re returning to our roots and celebrating local talent in a big, new way: 2 vs 2 dance battles.
This tournament-style contest will be held June 14 and 15th 2019. Celebrity judges include Shivani and Chaya (BhangraFunk) and other special guests. Dancers will compete for cash prizes and VIP access to the festival, along with exclusive meet and greets with the likes of Jaz Dhami, Raja Kumari, and Mickey Singh.Auditions are online via submission and are due June 6.
1st place: 2v2BC Championship belt + $1000 + VIP access to the festival + exclusive meet and greets
2nd place: $500
3rd place: $250
Online video submissions:
We are encouraging creativity and self-expression. Get free with your Bhangra. This is not a traditional Bhangra competition, this is street style, no holds barred. Think up new moves. Wear custom costumes. Heck, make costumes. Make your own music edits. Use visual effects in the videos. Whatever you have to do to blow our minds. We ask only that your routine is bhangra ‘inspired’.
Your submissions will go through a screening process by experienced members of the Bhangra and dance communities and judged on creativity, synchronization and engagement.
Creativity: See above. Get wild. Show us something we’ve never seen before
Synchronization: We want to see some tite routines. Keep things locked in
Engagement: Comments? Likes? Reposts? All of that counts. If your audition goes viral, we’re paying attention.
For examples of a sample video submission see below:
CAPTION: Our entry into 2 vs 2 Bhangra competition by @5xfest
Note: only videos which are submitted using the above guidelines will be considered during the screening process
1) Who are your judges? Are they the best?
A: Yes, they are the best :)
Live competition judges are: Shivani + Chaya (BhangraFunk), Harkiran (Panj),
2) Can I use my own music?
A: Yes, use whatever you like. Should you make it into the finals, we will be supplying the music for every round.
3) Is this a strictly bhangra dance competition?
A: No. This is a bhangra-inspired dance contest. We encourage creativity and innovation. We deeply respect the traditional art form and ran a traditional bhangra dance contest for years. This is not that.
4) Can I wear a costume? I have this great unicorn costume I want to use.
A: We love costumes. Get creative!