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2017 Culture Bridge Festival Brings the World to York Region

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Leave your passport at home and experience your neighbour’s culture here in your own community. CULTURE BRIDGE FESTIVAL, formerly Caribbean & South Asian Showcase, has planned a variety of social experiences for everyone, children through to grandparents, that will bring them out of their homes and into the community to sing, dance and eat together.


Culture Bridge Initiatives (CBI), is thrilled to celebrate Canada’s and Ontario’s 150thanniversary with an expanded CULTURE BRIDGE FESTIVAL 2017 in Newmarket and East Gwillimbury. Admission to all events is FREE. Attendees are encouraged support our annual FOOD DRIVE and bring a non-perishable food item for donation to the Food Pantry.
 
Following is the calendar of events:
 
June 21: 
Pre-festival celebrations at Phoebe Gilman Public School, 145 Harvest Hills Blvd., East Gwillimbury
9:00am-noon: Youth Cricket competition among area schools, coached by Culture Bridge Initiatives over the past two semesters. 
5:00-7:00pm: Community Music Evening – an exciting presentation of music and dances (and food).
 
July 7
(7-9pm): Sounds of India:  In partnership with the Town of Newmarket, CBI presents dances with Paromita Kar, and music with Divya Vivekanandan (RJ Dhivya of Chennai Radio), and award winning Vandana Vishwas.
Location: Riverwalk Commons, 200 Doug Duncan Drive. (Indoor at Riverwalk in event of rain). 
 
July 8th (1-10pm) and July 9th (1-6pm): Welcome to World Cultures, a celebration of cultural diversity, which informs on various cultural and artistic contributions to Canada through an exciting, inviting intercultural exchange with a marketplace, music, dance and food (so come hungry) that reflects the rich artistry and cultural expressions from various World Cultures. Cuban dance music by Son Aché band closes Saturday, and Zouk (Caribbean Creole) dance music closes the Festival.
Location: indoor at MAGNA Centre, 800 Mulock Dr., Newmarket.

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