Kaur Project: Giving voice to Sikh Women’s stories with the Museum of Surrey
Surrey, BC — Coming on the heels of global attention, Kaur Project is amplifying the voices of Sikh women with events that highlight storytelling and conversations on Kaur Project: Conversations on March 9 and Kaur Project: Live on March 10.
“We started this project to empower Kaurs to use their voices and to share their stories. As a result, we have created a safe space for voices to be heard. As Kaurs, we must tell and edit our own stories, said Co-Founder, Jessie Kaur Lehail.”
“It was time that we created and hosted live spaces like our dinner/talk and storytelling nights and are so excited that the Museum of Surrey is partnering with us. We want Kaurs to continue sharing stories, but now we can create opportunities for conversation.
Kaur Project began as a storytelling project in 2015. The mission was to create an exhaustive catalogue of Kaurs – whose voices were and are traditionally muted, erased, silenced. Today, Kaur Project has become a globally recognized, online safe space where Sikh women, across generations, talk about everything. The project inspires Kaurs to see the brilliance in their own narratives and invites readers to understand the diversity within Sikhism.
Using Kaur as a connector for Kaur Project spoke as a declaration that Sikh women are unified. Once this connector was identified, Kaur Project was able to hold space for women to share stories. Real women, telling their real stories, with their bravery and determination.
The project has reached far and wide. Lehail has spoken about Kaur Project’s work at various institutions, namely Apple Inc.’s headquarters in Cupertino, California; Toronto Labour Congress’s Women’s Forum; University of Berkeley; and Hospital Employees’ Union – Women’s Breakfast.
Kaur Project has been featured in Allure Magazine, Elle, Vogue, NBC News, Harper’s Bazaar, The Huffington Post, The Globe and Mail, ELLE, Buzzfeed, CBC, and Canada’s History Magazine among others.
Kaur Project Events
Kaur Project – Conversations – March 9 at Tandoori Flame from 8:15 pm to 11:15pm (Kaur Exclusive)
Tickets are available at https://bit.ly/2XcPOXE
In an attempt to build understanding and move forward together, we’d like to invite women who identify as Kaurs to sit down and have dinner with us. There are many avenues to be heard; Kaur Project – Conversations is an avenue to empower Kaurs to listen and engage in conversations.
Kaur Project conversation dinners consist of respectful conversation, guided activities, and delicious food shared among 50 or more Kaurs who have differing viewpoints, and their best interests at heart. Our guests will have the opportunity to exchange stories, engage in dialogue, and begin to build empathy and understanding for one another – all while sharing a delicious meal and having some fun.
Kaur Project – Live – March 10 at Museum of Surrey from 630 to 830 (FREE EVENT & OPEN TO EVERYONE)
Register at https://bit.ly/2NiXjYs.
Kaur Stories told in a live setting. This night will feature Kaurs who will recount their life experiences of bravery, regrets, sorrow, and of course courageous happiness.
During this experience, attendees will have the opportunity to participate by asking questions, engaging in dialogue, and building empathy and deep connections within and between communities – all while listening to riveting Kaur stories, told live. This event is open to EVERYONE.
About Kaur Project
A globally recognized, online safe space where Sikh women, across generations, talk about everything, including religion. The project inspires Kaurs to see the brilliance in their own narratives and invites readers to understand the diversity within Sikhism. The stories are quilted together from pieces of personal philosophy, experiences of struggle and their corresponding moments of catharsis, and axioms by which to live.
About Museum of Surrey
Museum of Surrey, is a dynamic and accessible community hub and cultural space that reflects the City of Surrey’s innovation and creativity. It has been designed to connect people and stories through engaging events, interactive exhibits and local, national and international exhibition, as well as public space for rentals. The site, located at 17710 56A Ave. in Surrey, is also home to Heritage Square, where the Anderson Cabin, 1881 Town Hall and Anniedale School are situated. Free admission to Museum of Surrey is sponsored by the Friends of the Museum and Archives Society.