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Folk Lok Live – 3 Borderless

September 7, 2019 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm


Folk Lok Live: Borderless is a celebration of pre-partition Punjab.

Before invisible lines laid down by the British divided Punjabi’s, we lived together, we laughed together,
we cried together and were a part of each others story. Our daily lives, our daily rituals, our traditions and
our dreams were rooted in the same soil. Our love stories carried the same sweetness, our struggles
shed the same tears, our songs told the same stories and our bodies moved to the same beats.
Seventy years after partition and oceans away, Punjabi’s in the Diaspora still have Punjab imprinted on
our souls. We experience the pull of the land, feel the whispers of breeze from the fields and hear gentle
the laughter of waves on the banks of the rivers. What we forget is that we share the same sweet
memories with our neighbours. The Punjabi Spirit doesn’t recognize state lines that divide, it still dances
to the same dhol and tumbhi on both sides of the border.

Through the beauty of Waris Shah’s Heer and Bulleh Shah’s poetry, the movements of Jhoomar and
Jugni, and the sound of the dhol, tumbhi and bugchu; we honour the Spirit and the brotherhood of our
forefathers by exploring our identity, our culture and our history pre-partition. Artistically curated by Vijay
Yamla, grandson of legendary Ustaad Lal Chand Yamla Jatt and Hardeep Singh Sahota of Royal
Academy of Bhangra, and MC’d by Mo Dhaliwal.

In a time that there is so much division and discrimination, so much hate and mistrust; Folk Lok Live:
Brotherhood will spread the message of love and unity. We will come together and share our stories and
let that imprint on our Soul shine and our Spirit dance together.

Supported by: Govt of Canada – Govt of BC – Arts BC – City of Surrey – Metro Vancouver and local Community partners.

Media Partners: Channel Punjabi – Red Fm 93.1 – Gabroo Tv

Centre Stage @ Surrey City Hall
September 7th, 2019
Doors Open 6:30pm
Event Starts: 7:00pm
For ticket information please call Deep Sahota: 604.771.2301
or email:
**Note tickets are limited, please RSVP ASAP



September 7, 2019
6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
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