The OneWorld Multicultural Festival is returning for its ninth year in Penticton and the second year that it will be held virtually.
On Feb. 26, South Okanagan Immigrant & Community Services (SOICS) will be hosting the free festival virtually from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m.
The OneWorld Multicultural Festival is a visual display of diverse traditions, dance, food, art, and entertainment that make up the communities in the South Okanagan.
“It is important that we recognize and celebrate the over 110 countries and territories of origin represented in the South Okanagan Similkameen,” said Cherry Fernandez, SOICS executive director in a release.
This year’s festival will expand the popular initiative of the Local Immigration Partnership – Community Champions campaign. For the first time, immigrant stories will be shared using video featurettes, with each including an interview with a newcomer to the region and the business they have established.
These stories as well as the other Immigrant Stories will also be featured at the Summerland Museum Exhibit. Find the museum’s special visitor, Squiggles — SOICS’ OneWorld Youth Crew mascot — and there will be a special prize.
In addition to the entertainment, local businesses, such as EDSA Mini Mart and Global Grocers will offer specials providing a taste of the cultural diversity of the region.
Beyond the celebration, the OneWorld Festival will launch the UnBox Anti-racism box. This is a compilation of self-paced learning and reflection activities guiding participants in building more welcoming, inclusive and equitable communities.
More information about the festival can be found on SOICS’ website and the OneWorld Festival page at SOICS.ca/oneworld.
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