Shimmy and shake for Sawan Mela: The South Asian Family Association's 10th annual music festival

Audience on their feet and grooving
Will Blunderfield: Singer, songwriter, yoga rockstar
A Cuban dancer's skirts whirl as she turns
Ashley Dhawan: Comedian
City Salsa Vibe, a Cuban dance group on stage
UBC Hindi Dance Club
Learning Star Giddha Academy
Young men and women from Learning Star Giddha Academy dance on stage
Preparing young dancers to take the stage
Friends break into dance
Young girls just before their performance
Young performers in colourful, cultural dress
Cuba Salsa Vibe teaches the audience a few moves
Photos by Tracy Bains

Watching a Cuban dance troupe coax the hesitant, multicultural audience on their feet to a learn a few steps during Sawan Mela, I reflected on how the South Asian Family Association (SAFA) has encouraged cross-cultural awareness through events like their 10th annual music festival.

Artists from across many cultures--Punjabi, Hindi, Cuban and more--are invited to sing, dance and share their talents during this free, family-friendly event.

And the audience mirrors the diverse ethnicities that comprise Vancouver, making this festival a true celebration of cultural harmony.

If you're interested in learning more about SAFA, including a full list of events and youth initiatives as well as the sponsors that supported this year's festival, check out


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