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 20 to 27, the New Canadians Centre (NCC) will be organising the first Canadian Multiculturalism Festival in Nogojiwanong-Peterborough. Each year, the NCC supports over 1000 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 week of programming that tells a story of our multicultural Peterborough through performance, storytelling, film, and food.
Try It Series...
Try your hand at music, dance, cooking, sports, and crafts from across the world facilitated by experts in the community and newcomers who share a love of their cultural traditions.
Multicultural Food Crawl & Sampling Day
Taste the flavours of the world at our 6 featured international restaurants in downtown Peterborough!
Pick up a Multicultural Food Passport at any of these participating restaurants and for every $10 you spend from June 20 to July 1, you'll earn a stamp in your passport. Collect six stamps and you'll be entered into a draw to win one of two $250 Downtown Dollars.
On June 25, visit each of these participating restaurants to try free samples of some of their menu items (12 to 7pm, while supplies last).
Join us on Canadian Multiculturalism Day and for the close our Canadian Multiculturalism Festival for a panel discussion with Trent Professors Mohmin Rahman and Feyzi Baban and NCC Executive Director Andy Cragg. They will discuss immigration in Canada, local responses to immigration, and perspectives on multiculturalism in Canada and Europe. The panel will be moderated by Professor Deborah Berrill.
Monday, June 27, 2022, 12:00 - 1:30pm
"Building A Home" Book Reading & Art
Building A Home takes us on the journeys of six children from Syria, Kazakhstan, Mexico, and Pakistan who are now living, playing, and going to school in Nogojiwanong-Peterborough. The book was commissioned and published by the New Canadians Centre in September 2021.
Please note: this event was originally scheduled for Sunday, June 26 but has been postponed due to forecasted inclement weather. We will reschedule this event for July or early August.
Cultural Fusions Video Series
Bringing dancers and musicians from different countries together to create unique pieces that showcase their craft and cultures.
Watch our social media for the screening of their performances in July!