The Okanagan Chinese Canadian Association performed three different renditions of tradition Chinese dances in front of hundreds at 2020’s OneWorld Festival. The 2021 festival will be held online. (Jesse Day - Western News)

The Okanagan Chinese Canadian Association performed three different renditions of tradition Chinese dances in front of hundreds at 2020’s OneWorld Festival. The 2021 festival will be held online. (Jesse Day - Western News)

OneWorld Multicutural festival moves on online for 2021

The event is the South Okanagan’s premiere multicultural festival

The South Okanagan’s biggest multicultural festival is moving online this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

With more than 35 cultures represented, the eighth annual OneWorld Multicultural Festival will once again celebrate the region’s diversity, but like most events, the festival will look a little different this year.

The festival will be streamed online Saturday, Feb. 20, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Festival access is free.

READ MORE: OneWorld Celebrates diversity in Penticton

Moving online will allow performers, participants, and attendees an opportunity to enjoy the festival from the comfort of their own homes while also providing global access to the event. And recent events make the festival this year more important than ever.

“The OneWorld Festival is an important way to recognize and celebrate our region’s diversity, a platform to share and learn from each other,” said executive director of the South Okanagan Immigrant and Community Services Cherry Fernandez. “It is a reminder of the strength and connection we have in our community, particularly in the uncertainty and tensions of this past year.”

Typically, OneWorld brings more than 2,500 people to the Penticton Lakeside Resort and Convention Centre. This year, all performances will be hosted online at SOICS.ca.

“It is important to the OneWorld team to still bring the energy that multicultural music and dance command while featuring local performers on the virtual OneWorld stage,” Fernandez said.

In addition to performances, children’s book readings and international cooking demonstrations will provide entertainment and learning.

For the festival’s duration, many local restaurants will be offering specials to encourage locals to experience culture and heritage through food.

A list of participating restaurants and more information about the festival can be found at soics.ca/oneworld.

READ MORE: Okanagan OneWorld Festival brings cultures together



jesse.day@pentictonwesternnews.com

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