Bhangra – Dance of Punjab 2019 Celebrated Cross-Culturalism

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The Yukon’s 2019 Bhangra concert, created by Gurdeep Pandher, celebrated beautiful cross-cultural bonds and differences. It was a sold-out show.

Bhangra dancing at the Yukon Arts Centre on November 23, 2019. —
(Crystal Schick/Independent)

There were 420 members of the audience, around 90 performers, and 10 members of the Arts Centre crew and volunteers. Together, “520 humans” brought their energy to the concert.

Bhangra Show – 2019 | Photo: Crystal Schick
Bhangra dancing at the Yukon Arts Centre on November 23, 2019. —
(Crystal Schick/Independent)

Gurdeep Pandher’s bhangra students performed Bhangra to traditional Irish-Celtic music, bagpipers and drummers of Midnight Sun Pipe Band, Japanese drum music (taiko pieces) and Punjabi Dhol drum and bagpipe fusion. On top of that, the Yukon’s 30 youths danced Bhangra together. There was also a spectacular Bhangra and Highland dance mashup. Yukon College students joined to dance Bhangra on the stage too.

Bhangra Show – 2019 | Photo: Crystal Schick
Bhangra dancing at the Yukon Arts Centre on November 23, 2019. —
(Crystal Schick/Independent)

The best part was that we gave a strong message of cross-cultural “togetherness” and “belonging” from the Yukon. The theme of the show was “Celebrating cross-culturalism and differences via Bhangra” and we succeed in delivering our message.

Bhangra Show – 2019 | Photo: Crystal Schick
Bhangra dancing at the Yukon Arts Centre on November 23, 2019. —
(Crystal Schick/Independent)

And we showcased unity in the Yukon diversity! We presented our Sikh-Punjabi culture in an exquisitely beautiful way and also blended it with many other Yukon cultures and arts.

Bhangra Show – 2019 | Photo: Crystal Schick
Bhangra dancing at the Yukon Arts Centre on November 23, 2019. —
(Crystal Schick/Independent)

 

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