“Bhangra – Dance of Punjab 2017” concert in Whitehorse, Yukon was amazingly successful and wonderful! Inspired by our slogan “Diversity Over Division”, we have put together a show displaying that we can do things together!
We presented a show displaying that we can do things together! It was a fully Made-in-Yukon show. We had 90 performers, all Yukoners and 350 people came to watch it in the middle of busy December month.
And we showcased harmony 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. And we all did it together. We presented many arts from bhangra to Fiddleheads tunes, Celtic bhangra with Crooked folk, bhangra by the Yukon youth from EMYS, bhangra by Yukon College staff, bhangra-blues fusion mix dance, and many more things. We also screened 4 Yukon made viral bhangra videos. The mayor Mr. Dan Curtis learned once again on the stage how to wear a Sikh turban. We also had bhangra dance party after the concert. And thorough this show, the Yukon gave a great message to the world that “Diversity is over division” and we all are one.
And we succeeded in delivering the core message of acceptance of all the styles, choices, ideas, and diversity to the world, right from our Yukon stage!
~ Gurdeep Pandher
Tonight’s Bhangra dance concert here in Whitehorse embodied the words, ‘Diversity Over Division’. Gurdeep (in collaboration with dozens of members of our awesome community) created a beautiful celebration that encourages diversity through the universal language of dance. I’m still smiling—and dancing! ~ Grace Snider
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Diversity Over Division. Amazing week with the Winter Show in Ghùch Tlâ Community school in the tagish community in Carcross and also the Bhangra and diversity show of my friend Gurdeep Singh Pandher at the Yukon Art Center. Do you know a place which you can see a Mayor dancing bhangra and wear a turban? In Yukon. Of course! ~ Véronique Lachance