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Inaugural event scheduled for October

Sharing cultures can be a wonderful way to participate in a community. It helps everyone appreciate the rich diversity that exists in the Powell River region, and provides an opportunity to learn about other parts of the world, without the time or expense of travelling anywhere.

Powell River’s first-ever multicultural festival, set to take place on Saturday, October 1, will be a celebration of diversity in the region, and organizers are looking for people from a variety of cultures, backgrounds and lifestyles to participate.

“The festival is about learning about each other and opening our minds to people from diverse cultures who are our neighbours,” said Sara Blum, coordinator of Powell River Diversity Initiative (PRDI). The Arts, Culture and Heritage Council is partnering with PRDI and English Second Language Settlement Assistance Program (ESLSAP) to organize the festival.

“At this time we are looking for community members to come forward and let us know if they are interested in sharing their cultures by contributing in a variety of areas,” said Kelli Henderson, coordinator of ESLSAP. Those areas include: performances such as dancing, singing, drama; displays like art, crafts, clothing and photos; demonstrations, for example origami, Ukrainian egg painting, karate as well as vendors for food, art, crafts and clothing.

Readers who have something they would like to share, or if they would like more information about the upcoming festival, can contact Henderson at 604.485.2004 or