All week on February 19 -25, 2024, culture and heritage organizations across the province are going to be hosting events to celebrate Heritage Week.
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Des Pardes explores and celebrates the vibrant and diverse South Asian communities of the Fraser Valley. The phrase “des pardes”—which can translate to “home and abroad” or “Motherland/Other Land”—embodies the sense of longing for, and belonging to, an ancestral place that is experienced differently across generations.
The exhibition was developed in collaboration with Abbotsford’s South Asian Canadian community. Personal accounts, archival documents, photographs, heirlooms, and works of art contributed by members of local South Asian Canadian communities are organized around the themes of migration, faith, family, business and livelihoods, oppression and opposition, and contemporary culture.
Des Pardes highlights the importance of tradition and multigenerational family bonds, the tenacity of individuals and communities in the face of adversity and discrimination, and the significant impact that these communities have had in shaping Abbotsford and the surrounding region.
Enjoy the family-friendly exhibition and take some time to create your own metal embossing in our Collective Making space!