Sikh Heritage Month celebrated with big lineup of Metro Vancouver events

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      Sikh Heritage Month is celebrating its seventh official anniversary this April with a bevy of events following the theme of chardi kala, meaning a positive and uplifted state of mind.

      The lineup of events and awards, put on by Sikh Heritage BC, celebrate the contributions of Sikh Canadians and their long-standing history in British Columbia.

      “We hope that British Columbians will take advantage of these events, and join us in celebrating the history and culture of the Sikh community,” says Mohnaam Kaur Shergill, media coordinator for Sikh Heritage BC, in a release. “If you’ve ever wondered why we look the way we do, or why so many of us find ourselves actively involved in politics and social justice, then these events are for you.”

      First, the Sikh Heritage Month opening celebration takes place March 30, kicking it all off at Surrey City Hall with live performances and food.

      The next day, a talk called Artificial Intelligence and Sikhi will explore AI’s impact on Sikh communities, with Jujaar Singh and Harjinder Singh Sandhu, CTO of Health and Life Sciences at Microsoft.

      On April 6, storytelling event Sikhs Speak: Embracing Chardi Kala takes place at SFU Surrey; and Kaur, an interactive art exhibition nodding to Sikh resilience, takes place April 14 at Surrey City Hall. Speaking of history, the festival delves into the 1984 Sikh Genocide through the lens of women with 1984: The Female Perspective on April 21 at Khalsa School.

      Then there’s Blossoming, a live concert with Sikh and English composer Eeshar Singh at the Chan Centre for the Performing Arts on April 26.

      There are also readings, Sikh immersion courses, and lunches happening during the month.

      “The Sikh community’s fight for justice and freedom is far from over,” says Jasleen Kaur Sidhu, a high school teacher and Director of Education at Sikh Heritage BC, in the release. “But our community is resilient, and we will persevere all while showing British Columbians how the Sikh community’s history in British Columbia is an integral extension of Canadian history.”

      Sikh Heritage Month BC 2024

      March 30 to April 30

      Where: Various locations

      Tickets: Free to $20, events and tickets can be found here