The UFV Bhangra Club is part of the Straight from the Valley on the opening night of the Harrison Festival of the Arts

Bhangra club helps open festival

Counting down the moments until Harrison Festival opening night

In just one month, the beachfront will come to life once again, as the 36th annual Harrison Festival of the Arts gets underway.

For 10 days and nights, the village will be filled with wondrous sights and beautiful sounds. With so much to see and do, we’ve combed through the offerings and will highlight our festival picks over the next five weeks. This week, The Observer spoke with Sandy Sekhon, president of the UFV Bhangra Club.

The club is part of a collaborative opening night concert, Straight from the Valley, which will also feature the Sabir Sisters and the Langley Ukulele Ensemble, on July 11.

“I’ve always loved dancing,” Sekhon said, and while she’s been dancing all her life, she began her career as a Bhangra dancer six years ago. A few years later, she joined the UFV club, and became the secretary. Now with almost four years as a member, she’s the club’s president.

“It was nice to know the school had a team I could join, and I thought why not represent the school?,” she said. At the same time, she said the team is helping to spread the love of Bhangra among many cultures.

“We’ve been able to reach out to other ethnicities,” she said, through performances, competitions and workshops. At the concert in Harrison, the club will be in full performance mode. But in workshops they teach people the meaning behind the moves. And not surprisingly, Bhangra is a way of communicating celebration.

“There’s a whole culture behind it,” she said.

Full price tickets for Straight from the Valley are $25 for adults, $22 for children and seniors, with early bird discounts in effect until June 27.

For full festival information, visit www.harrisonfestival.com.

news@ahobserver.com

 

 

 

Just Posted

A look inside Hope’s 20-bed emergency shelter, just over a month since it opened

Manager Sharon Holburn and Gerry Dyble, executive director of HATS, answer questions about the shelter and homelessness in Hope

Highest earning staff at Fraser-Cascade School District made public

Also board looks into seat belts on school buses, Marv Cope gets road in his memory

Oscar-winning producer J. Miles Dale on filming horror-thriller in Hope

In an exclusive interview, Dale explains why the town plays a large role in Antlers

Tarl rocks Silver Chalice Saturday

After spending summers in Hope visiting his grandmother, musician Tarl returns to… Continue reading

WATCH: Brother of missing Hope woman makes emotional appeal for more media attention

Next search for Shawnee Inyallie Nov. 18 along Highway 1 towards Boston Bar

Six students arrested, charged in sex assault probe at Toronto all-boys school

The school’s principal, Greg Reeves, described the video of the alleged sexual assault as ‘horrific’

Shots fired near Chicago hospital, multiple victims: police

Police say at least one possible offender has been shot

B.C. to allow ride hailing services to operate in 2019

Fee will be applied to fund options for disabled people

Burnaby woman’s car crash death now considered a homicide

Nicole Hasselmann, 34, was killed and a man was sent to hospital after the crash

Chocolate lab missing along Coquihalla

Brad Gibson is asking for help locating his missing dog.

B.C. connection to launch of new $10 bill

Great nephew of Viola Desmond says bill is a ‘step in the right direction’

Elections BC keeps eye on Canada Post dispute, but no change in Nov. 30 deadline

Vote No spokesman say an extension of one or two weeks would ensure all ballots are counted

Langley school pulls Japanese ‘rising sun’ flag after student petition

School district promises consultation with students and parents, defends using flag for war history

Most Read