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Rare artifacts brought to Victoria for event celebrating Sikh Heritage Month

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Jindi Singh with a 19th-century matchlock, a mid-1800s sword, an 18th-century shield and a 1756 Sikh coin that will be on display at The Sikhs: Faith, History and People on Saturday. DARREN STONE, TIMES COLONIST

Admire rarely seen swords and coins, and Sikh artifacts from the 18th century onwards at The Sikhs: Faith, History and People, a free community event in ­celebration of Sikh Heritage Month at the Royal B.C. Museum on Saturday.

The Sikh Youth of Victoria is hosting the event, which includes displays of the ­aforementioned artifacts, artwork, talks and a musical performance highlighting Sikh culture using traditional ­instruments.

Dr. Sharanjit Kaur Sandhra, co-ordinator of South Asian Studies at the University of the Fraser Valley and co-curator of exhibits at the Sikh Heritage Museum in Abbotsford, will host a talk discussing the power of art and Sikh history.

Admission is free. The event opens at 11 a.m., with an ­introduction to the display at 11:30. The talk, Power of Art, History and Sikhi , takes place at noon, with the musical ­performance starting at 1 p.m. The event concludes at 4 p.m. It takes place on the main floor of the museum at 675 Belleville St.

Check-in at the museum security desk in Clifford Carl Hall.