Nova Scotia’s Multiculturalism

Many immigrants call Nova Scotia home, with a new influx of people every year contributing to diversity of the province. This year, there is a new committee breathing life into Nova Scotia’s multiculturalism by organizing Nova Multifest, taking place on July 28, 2018 at Alderney Landing in Dartmouth. 

 The Halifax-area organizing committee, led by Vishal Bhardwaj, is working together to put together a memorable event. If you or your organization are interested in participating as a partner, sponsor, vendor or performer, please contact us  http://multifestns.ca/.

 “This festival belongs to all of us,” said Mr. Bhardwaj.  “It will open the gates for people from different backgrounds to connect and we can all learn from our respective cultures.” 

 June 4, 2018 marked a public launch at of the new Nova Multifest society at Alderney landing, where the festival will be held.  There were preview performances: by musicians Marcel  Amores and Jose Martinez from Cuba and Puerto Rico respectively, and a dance by Laura Selenzi, of Serpentine Studios. Public support for a revived multicultural festival was evident, with news coverage of the event:

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/nova-scotia/multicultural-festival-dartmouth-waterfront-ethnic-food-per-1.4690726

http://thechronicleherald.ca/metro/1575401-multi-fest-returns-to-alderney-landing

“Multifest will help new immigrants to feel part of the community, while introducing all Nova Scotians to different cultures of the world,” said Mr. Bhardwaj, “and this is just the beginning.” The group is also working to organize events beyond Halifax, and to put together other organizing committees in the Annapolis Valley and Pictou County.

Dorothy MacDonald

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