As part of Welcoming Ottawa Week (WOW) the Ottawa Public Library is organizing Celebrating Cultures events in conjunction with Ottawa Local Immigration Partnership (Olip).
Last year’s celebration at Carlingwood included a “Learn to Hula” session with local dance instructor Cynthia Martin, a screening of Lester Alfonso’s film Twelve about the immigrant experience of a group of Canadians who arrived in the country at the age of 12, a Celebrating Cultures Teen Trivia Contest and a fantastic African Evening Storytime and craft.
This year’s event is taking place on June 25. Activities include a lesson and presentation on Bollywood Dancing offered by Bollywood for Fun and a special screening and discussion of Dan Weldon’s My Macondo which features Colombian journalist Julio Roca as he travels through the towns and villages of Colombia’s Banana Zone to verify events and locations described in One Hundred Years of Solitude, a novel by Nobel Prize-winning author, Gabriel Garcia Marquez. There will also be a very special Cultural Evening Storytime and craft with Beth Murray from Carlingwood’s Children’s Department. All events are drop-in. For more information go to the OPL website at biblioottawalibrary.ca/en.