An Evening of Sikh Learning and Entertainment

See a report on the evening

As you may already know 1999 is a very significant year for Sikhs worldwide as it is the three hundredth anniversary of the founding of the Khalsa by Guru Gobind Singh at Anandpur in 1699

In recognition of this there will be an evening of Sikh Learning and Entertainment the Teachers Centre on Wednesday 28th April. Indian Food will be served between 6.00 p.m. and 7.00 p.m., with the entertainment taking place from 7.00 p.m.

The evening is free, but tickets must be ordered beforehand from NELREC on 0181 590 5331. This promises to be a great evening, but tickets are going fast. NELREC are also putting on a resources exhibition from 2.00pm onwards at the Teachers Centre on the same day, so try to come along early for a peek at some of the latest classroom resources.

Also keep a look out for the third Redbridge SACRE briefing paper, Sikh Identity and Appearance, which is in the final stages of completion and will be sent out to schools early next term.

And don't forget to look out for anything related to the Sikh anniversary on TV this year, especially around Vaisakhi.

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  'The Arts of the Sikh Kingdom' Exhibition

Victoria & Albert Museum    25 March - 25 July 1999

Have a look at the V & A Website

Marking the 300th anniversary of the Khalsa, the V&A are at present showing possibly the most comprehensive exhibition of the Sikh Religion and Cultural History, through paintings, jewellery, textiles, illustrations and gold decorated weapons.

The Education Department of the Museum are planning an exciting range of events and activities to coincide with the exhibition, including Bhangra and Gatka performances, practical art workshops, Tabla workshops and much more.

School groups are invited, contacting the Education Department by phone on 0171 938 8638 or by post to the Education Department, Victoria and Albert Museum, Cromwell Road, SW7 2RL. There are also tours for the visually impaired, gallery talks in South Asian Languages and workshops for South Asian youth and community organisations.

A member of the local Sikh community, Harmander Singh is assisting the V&A and would be happy for you to get in touch with him for further information or advice. His mobile number is 0958 946868. He is one of the twelve national Co-ordinators publicising the exhibition nationally and is also in the process of setting up and organisation called 'Sikhs in England'. Details of this will be available via this page shortly.

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