Vaisakhi Display at the Museum of Surrey

A Vaisakhi Display is being featured in an exhibit which is part of the permanent Surrey Stories.

Gallery at the Museum of Surrey

The first image is of Sonia Bhatti, who arranged the costume on the mannequin. The second image is the finished display.

The museum has also chosen Punjab of Surrey as the subject of the first large community led exhibition in the new Feature Gallery. The exhibition tentatively called Punjabis Build Bridgeswill open October 2, 2019 and run until December 22, 2019 at the Museum of Surrey, which recently reopened after a major $15.7 Million expansion located at 17710 56A Avenue in Cloverdale. 

Cloverdale is a appropriate venue for both the permanent Vaisakhi exhibit and the upcoming featured exhibit of the Punjab of Surrey, because Cloverdale connects Surrey to the Fraser Valley farming communities for whom  farming and the harvest are essentially a part of life as we celebrate the Vaisakhi season.

The Punjab of Surrey exhibit will focus on the key idea, “Punjabis Build Bridges: Surrey and the story of Punjabi settlement”.  The exhibit will reflect the importance of bridging generations by sharing history while also describing the connections and collaborations between Punjabis and a diversity of people in Surrey. Included will be highlights of the 150-year history of Punjabi settlement in British Columbia, focused on the Surrey region. Historic challenges will be included alongside a celebration of Punjabi contributions in the building of contemporary Surrey.


Article by – Imtiaz Popat

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