This special performance of traditional music and dance from Burma is presented by members of the refugee community in San Diego. The artists are mostly Karen, an ethnic minority group of Burma. This is a rare event, as it demonstrates the perseverance of the human spirit as it struggles to maintain and nurture traditional art forms when forced to relocate away from the homeland. This event is made possible through collaboration with the Karen Organization of San Diego.
On this very special evening, you will have a rare opportunity to enjoy traditional music and dance from Burma (Myanmar). The performing artists are all members of the refugee community in San Diego, most of whom are Karen.
The Karen (pronounced Kuh-ren) are an ethnic minority group in Burma who have sought to retain their traditional cultural heritage in spite of modernization and displacement. Their traditional arts have been passed down from elders to the younger generation in order to teach and preserve Karen culture.
The Karen believe that it is especially important to preserve their traditional cultural heritage, as many of them have been forced to flee Burma as refugees. Thus, they believe that it is critical for them to continue to maintain and celebrate their performing arts while living in diaspora.
This event is presented in collaboration with the Karen Organization of San Diego.
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