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Vaisakhi 2009Date: Monday, 18 May, 2009

Over 1,700 people, including many families, attended the Vaisakhi (Sikh New Year) celebrations at The New Art Gallery Walsall on Saturday 18 April 2009.

ASHT was one of the many participants in this fantastic free event giving a gallery talk on the background of Vaisakhi and an introduction to the Anglo Sikh relationship.

The day also included an exciting programme of Bhangra and Giddah dance performances (Punjabi dance) as well as a spectacular display of the Sikh martial art, Gatka. There was live music with tabla and sitar players as well as traditional storytelling sessions and family friendly workshops during the day. Visitors also had the opportunity to find out more about the Anglo Sikh relationship, artefacts that form part of the trail and how to get involved with ASHT.

Ioannis Ioannou, Audience Development Curator at the Gallery says, "It had been a fantastic and highly successful event that not only showcased the best of the Sikh heritage and culture but linked beautifully the rich traditions of Sikhism and its long lasting relationship with England, and how the two cultures influenced each other. And that was the great contribution of the Anglo Sikh Heritage Trial on the day."

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