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June 27 is Canadian Multiculturalism Day. It is a day to celebrate the contributions of the diverse cultures that make up our home on Turtle Island, Canada. The day was first commemorated in 2003.

From June 1 to 28, the New Canadians Centre (NCC) will be organising the third Canadian Multicultural Festival in Nogojiwanong-Peterborough. In 2023-2024, the NCC supported over 2000 clients hailing from over 100 countries and speaking more than 70 different languages. Each of them brings unique customs, music, dance, food, sports, and stories contributing to a vibrant community.

We invite you to join us for a month of programming that tells a story of our multicultural Peterborough through dance, sport, food and crafts. 

2024 Launch: Bollywood Dance Party & Marketplace

Join us for a Bollywood Dance Party & Marketplace as we launch the Multicultural Festival!

Bring your dancing shoes and get your hips moving as we dance the evening away to Bollywood hits! Instructor Magna Karthik will lead us through a dance routine – absolute beginners to experienced dancers welcome.

Be sure to check out the Marketplace for Indian-inspired snacks, henna, rangoli art, crafts, and artwork by local artists! The dancing starts at 6pm. Wear comfortable colourful or Indian clothing to enhance the festive spirit. This event is family friendly and everyone is welcome.

Wednesday, June 19
4:30pm to 7:30pm
Millennium Park (131 King St.)
Rain Location: Indoors at Peterborough Square

Please contact Tu Nguyen at [email protected] if you have any questions.


Try It Series...

Try your hand at dance and cooking, learning languages and trying hot drinks from across the world facilitated by experts in the community and newcomers who share a love of their cultural traditions.

Try It

Community Conversation: World Refugee Day - "Our Home"

Join us for a thought-provoking Community Conversation panel discussion on World Refugee Day, exploring the theme “Our Home.” Hear inspiring stories, valuable insights from diverse speakers, and engaging dialogue on fostering welcoming communities and supporting refugees.

Thursday, June 20, 2024
6:00 - 8:00pm
Peterborough Public Library

Please RSVP to secure your spot


Around the World in Northumberland

Let’s journey the cultural landscapes of Northumberland through music, dance, and drink! Enjoy cultural performances by the Northumberland Multicultural Dance Troupe and drinks and snacks from around the world!

Please bring lawn chairs or blankets and meet us outside the Marina. This is a free, family-friendly community event.

Wednesday, June 26, 2024
6:00 - 8:00pm
Cobourg Marina (103 3rd Street, Cobourg)

Please contact Anna at [email protected], (905) 519-3472 if you have any questions.

Cultural Fusions

NCC's 45th Anniversary Block Party

Block Party

Join us as we celebrate 45 years of community and welcome with our neighbours!

Come to the New Canadians Centre for a fun-filled afternoon outdoors, including a talent show, multicultural crafts, henna, face painting, a bouncy castle, and food! There will also be a bike playground facilitated by GreenUp, and activities facilitated by the Peterborough Public Library and YMCA.

In addition, visit the Cultural Fair to learn about some of Peterborough’s multicultural and faith-based groups and their programming.

Please bring lawn chairs or blankets. This is a free, family-friendly community event.

Friday, June 28, 2024
2:00 - 6:00pm
In-person outdoors at the New Canadians Centre (221 Romaine St.)
Rain location: Indoors at the New Canadians Centre

Please contact Bhisham at [email protected] if you have any questions.

Multicultural Food Crawl & Sampling Day 2024

Taste the flavours of the world at our 10 featured international restaurants in downtown Peterborough!

Pick up a Multicultural Food Passport at any of these participating restaurants or at the New Canadians Centre! For every $10 you spend from June 1 to 30, you'll earn a stamp on your passport. Collect six stamps, and you'll be entered into a draw to win one of three $100 Boro Gift Cards!

On Friday June 28, stop by our 45th Anniversary Block Party at 221 Romaine Street (2-6pm) to try free samples of some of their menu items (while supplies last)

Vote and Share Your Experience on social media

Vote for your favourite restaurant of the Crawl online for a chance to win Boro Dollars!  

Tag us to share your experience @newcanadianscentre #multiculturalfoodcrawlptbo on Instagram or Facebook! We will draw 2 posts at random to win a $25 Boro Gift Card!

Click here to access the Food Crawl Map

Food Crawl
Sampling Day

Support for this Festival was provided by:

Canadian Heritage

We would love to welcome you as a sponsor for the Multicultural Festival!

Please contact Phuc (Paris) Nguyen at [email protected] for the sponsorship package.

Peterborough Public Library