This page contains a Flash digital edition of a book.
MAY 6 - 28


The Niagara Folk Arts Multicultural Centre produces the oldest continuously running heritage festival in Canada. This year marks the 48th year for the Niagara Folk Arts Festival and 2016 promises to be a banner year as the festival’s grand finale will take place for the first time at the new FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre in downtown St. Catharines.


The Niagara Folk Arts is comprised of over 30 ethno- cultural groups, community organizations and individual members. Throughout the year, 30 staff and over 100 volunteers deliver settlement assistance to over 2,000 newcomers from all over the world at locations throughout the Niagara Region. Every May, this work is celebrated as our welcoming community opens its doors to showcase the ethnic diversity of our region.


This year’s festival will begin on May 6 with the Ambassador’s Ball at Slovenian Lipa Park. Young people that have been chosen as cultural ambassadors by groups all over Niagara will be introduced to the community in an evening of celebration. The next day, on May 7, the 2016 festival will officially begin with the Opening Ceremonies in the presence of local politicians and dignitaries on the steps St. Catharines City Hall.


From May 7 -27, local ethno- cultural groups will open their doors to the public for 22 Open Houses featuring food, music, dance and entertainment from all over the world. Thousands of citizens enjoy delicious meals including Greek, Middle Eastern, Polish, Indian, Ukrainian and Filipino cuisine.


2016 will feature a number of special events throughout the month of May, including a Culinary Crawl sampling cultural cuisine throughout downtown St. Catharines, a Citizenship Ceremony, an Underground Railroad Tour and a Caribbean Jump Up BBQ in St. Catharines Market Square on May 27.


CENTRESTAGE 45


After three weeks of ethno-cultural exploration, join the multicultural community for “Folk Arts in the Street” at Niagara’s new crown jewel for the arts, the FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre. May 27 -28 will include cultural performances inside the PAC, spilling out onto St. Paul Street where festival goers will enjoy ethno-cultural food, music, live performances and crafts. See you at the festival!


- Jeff Burch Folk-Arts.ca


Content provided by the Niagara Folk Arts Festival.


# niagara


Page 1  |  Page 2  |  Page 3  |  Page 4  |  Page 5  |  Page 6  |  Page 7  |  Page 8  |  Page 9  |  Page 10  |  Page 11  |  Page 12  |  Page 13  |  Page 14  |  Page 15  |  Page 16  |  Page 17  |  Page 18  |  Page 19  |  Page 20  |  Page 21  |  Page 22  |  Page 23  |  Page 24  |  Page 25  |  Page 26  |  Page 27  |  Page 28  |  Page 29  |  Page 30  |  Page 31  |  Page 32  |  Page 33  |  Page 34  |  Page 35  |  Page 36  |  Page 37  |  Page 38  |  Page 39  |  Page 40  |  Page 41  |  Page 42  |  Page 43  |  Page 44  |  Page 45  |  Page 46  |  Page 47  |  Page 48  |  Page 49  |  Page 50  |  Page 51  |  Page 52  |  Page 53  |  Page 54  |  Page 55  |  Page 56