June 21 2010
7th Harh (Samvat 542 Nanakshahi)
Press Release


21st June 2010, London, UK

Music is of the soul. It can communicate profound messages about who we are and who we want to be; this is something that the first Sikh Guru, Guru Nanak Sahib Ji, and his constant companion, Bhai Mardana Ji, understood beautifully. With this in mind, when the Human Culture Collective asked UNITED SIKHS to be involved in their World Arts for World Issues event alongside organizations like Amnesty International and Fairtrade, we seized the opportunity, and ran with it to create a special contribution to a rich and interactive programme. The result is that music will play whilst we focus on poverty issues through film and talks on Saturday, 26th June 2010 at 6pm at The cargo in London. See poster here for details and ticket sales.

 In addition to music from brilliant British tabla maestro Talvin Singh and Indian sitarist Niladri Kumar, UNITED SIKHS will bring you informative discussions and a film screening, all to help the needy. And of course where there are Sikhs there will be langar (free community food)!

UNITED SIKHS will be focusing on the "Make Poverty History" (MPH) campaign which aims to tackle root causes of poverty by changing international policies, exemplifying better aid for needy people while lobbying the G8. 

“For example, one of the projects under the MPH campaign is “Rescue a Family”, which gives you the chance to sponsor a needy family in Panjab whose breadwinner has committed suicide because of debt, helping them survive and move towards a brighter future,” said Preetkamal Kaur, the UNITED SIKHS film and media event organizer.

There is more information about Rescue a Family at http://www.unitedsikhs.org/makepovertyhistory/ and you can always look out for the UNITED SIKHS desk on the night: you’ll get a chance to speak to the team and pick up the literature.

Our inspiring film will present UNITED SIKHS’ work helping displaced Sikhs in Pakistan. We helped 24 displaced families in Peshawar by providing financial assistance to rehabilitate them after they fled from their homes in the North West Frontier Province of Pakistan due to threats from the Taliban and communal conflict. It’s a serious problem and you can help!

So join us to learn more and enjoy a night of exciting culture and musical performance benefiting people in need around the world. VIP and standard tickets are available prior to the event: buy yours and we will see you there!

About Talvin Singh and Niladri Kumar
This event will feature tabla maestro Talvin Singh in collaboration with Niladri Kumar. Niladri Kumar is a renowned Indian classical and fusion musician who performed as a child prodigy on the sitar from a young age and toured and released albums as an adult. He created a unique instrument, a modified sitar, which he named zitar.

Talvin Singh studied classical music in India under the tutelage of Pandit Lashman Singh and is well known for creating an innovative fusion of classical Indian music and drum and bass. 

About The Human Culture Collective
The Human Culture Collective believes that by holding informative, interactive events we can celebrate the world's diverse cultures while learning about social and political issues.

More details below:
Artists' Revolution Party VIP Privilege Tickets June 26th 6pm Exclusive
£15 (£11 + £4 for a pair of pants from Pants to Poverty) for VIP 6pm exclusive at Cargo June 26th.

VIP Exclusive Includes

  • Free Drinks
  • Free pair of pants from Pants to Poverty. Part profits going to Indian Farmers to find out more please visit www.pantstopoverty.com
  • Exclusive networking with film makers and broadcasters
  • Exclusive information on upcoming music festivals and screening events.
  • Photography Exhibition

Issued by
Danielle De Feo
UNITED SIKHS Media and Communications Coordinator

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To transform underprivileged and minority communities and individuals into informed and vibrant members of society through civic, educational and personal development programs, by fostering active participation in social and economic activity.

UNITED SIKHS is also an avenue for networking between like-minded organisations to establish and nurture meaningful projects and dialogues - whether social, cultural or political- to promote harmony, understanding and reciprocity in our villages, towns and cities.

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