The 2018 Culture Bridge festival will be returning to its traditional venue at the City of Newmarket Riverwalk Commons. The highly popular annual Festival offers it patrons the opportunity to experience their neighbour’s culture right in their own community – no passport needed.
Culture Bridge Festival (CBF), a Celebration of Cultural Diversity, plans 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 in Newmarket (and East Gwillimbury).
“The celebration of culturally diverse music and artforms provides a platform for greater understanding among neighbours and communities. It helps to accentuate similarities among people, about the common things that make people feel happy,” says Ranji Singh, CEO – Culture Bridge Initiatives.
Be entertained by the various World artistic and cultural contributions, to the vibrant Canadian mosaic. Revel in the exciting, inviting intercultural exchange of songs, dances, magicians, food vendors, food trucks (come hungry), a marketplace, workshops and a Kidzone, along with a huge splash pad for the little ones.
Admission is FREE. A non-perishable food donation will be appreciated in support of our annual FOOD DRIVE supporting the Newmarket Food Pantry.
The following is the calendar of events:
LOCATION: Riverwalk Commons, 200 Doug Duncan Drive, Newmarket
July 14 (4-8pm): Sounds of India: A delightful and colourful presentation of dances and music reflecting various regions of India …… features The Living Room Kutcheri, Aditya Matkar – 2018 Panorama Junior Indian Idol, Bhangra Crew Ontario …
July 15th (1-8pm): An artistic exposition of dances and music from severalWorld Cultures including First Nation, Asian, Caribbean, Mediterranean, Latin American, an African drumming circle, and 2016 Grammy nominee (Reggae) – Jason Lindo. CBF is honoured to host “Territorial Tales” an illuminating short play to recapture the spirit – written and created by three diverse young writers under the mentorship of Canadian Stage. And more …
Please note: A pre-festival Community Fun Fair takes place on June 20 (5 – 7:30pm) at Phoebe Gilman Public School, 145 Harvest Hills Blvd., East Gwillimbury – an exciting presentation of music and dances (and food) – the public is invited.
About Culture Bridge Initiatives, Connecting Communities Connecting People: CBI is a registered Canadian charity working towards its vision of Caring Neighbourhoods Enriched Through Celebrations of Cultural Diversity in Communities. Culture Bridge Festival is produced by CBI.
Culture Bridge Initiatives received a $440,000 Grow grant from the Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF) in 2015, to help with the costs involved with hosting community celebrations. OTF is an agency of the Government of Ontario and one of Canada’s largest granting foundations. With a budget of over $136 million, OTF awards grants to some 1,000 projects every year to build healthy and vibrant Ontario communities. www.otf.ca