media release

Photo Op: Bhangra dance flash mob planned outside Rogers Arena—today at 3 p.m.

December 01, 2017


Gurp Sian, Contemporary Arts, 604.767.3564,
Justin Wong, University Communications,

2011 flash mob video:

Today, over 100 university students will break out into a flash mob featuring Bhangra - a popular Punjabi folk dance - in front of thousands of patrons outside Rogers Arena. This unofficial event will take place at approximately 3 p.m., right before the Vancouver Canucks and Toronto Maple Leafs hockey game, which is scheduled for puck drop at 4 p.m.

This semester, SFU students from diverse backgrounds are receiving credit for an introductory course in Bhangra, CA 120, where they are learning modern and traditional Bhangra movements and choreography. At the event, students from Kwantlen Polytechnic University's LANC 1870 course will also join them for this flash mob.

WHEN: December 2nd, 2017 at 3 p.m.
: Rogers Arena by gate 3 in front of the Roger Neilson statue, which is located on the corner of Abbott St. & Expo Blvd.
SOCIAL MEDIA (For live photos)
: southasianarts on Instagram/Facebook/Twitter

**In case of inclement weather, the flash mob will take place in the SFU Woodward's atrium.


  • More than 100 students participating in a flash mob at Rogers Arena in front of the Roger Neilson statue right before the Vancouver Canucks and Toronto Maple Leafs game.

Fast Facts:

  • Bhangra originated in the 1400’s.
  • While Bhangra began as a part of the harvest festival celebrations, it eventually became a part of such diverse occasions as weddings, birthdays and all types of celebrations.
  • Over the past 30 years, Bhangra has enjoyed a surge in popularity worldwide, both in traditional form and as a fusion with genres such as hip-hop, house, and reggae.
  • Influences of Bhangra music can also be found in the music produced by such artists as Britney Spears, Timbaland, Missy Eliot, Nelly Furtado, Dr. Dre.
  • People of all cultural backgrounds are listening to and performing Bhangra.
  • Universities and other organizations are holding annual Bhangra dance competitions in many of the main cities of the United States, Canada, and England.

Media opportunities:

There will be opportunities to take photos/shoot B-roll and interview students in the class as well as Gurp Sian, the class instructor.


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