Here are some free or almost free ethnic events this weekend open to the public. You might find the following interesting and stimulating. They will all provide opportunities to meet your multicultural neighbours:
1. On Saturday afternoon at Beit Zatoun (Bathurst and Bloor), there’s “Poetry, Poets And The Arab Spring Discussion.” This will include a discussion, poetry reading, video, and music. It’s free but donations are requested.
2. On Saturday evening, there’s “Art for Tibet,” a fund-raiser for Students for a Free Tibet. It has a silent auction, musical performance, and live painting demo. It’s at 1313 Queen St. West in Toronto.
3. On Saturday evening, there’s a homage to Rabindranath Tagore, the famous Indian poet and other resistance poets at Beit Zatoun.
4. On Sunday, around noon, there is a Community Sukkot Celebration at Dufferin Grove Park near Dufferin and Bloor West. There will be decoration-making, games, storytelling, music and more. Organizer Maxine Hermolin explains that Sukkot (Sukkes in Yiddish) “is the Jewish harvest festival. Sukkot /Succah (booth) describes the temporary dwelling that farmers lived in during the harvest season so they could sleep close to the fields. The succah is covered with branches and decorated with fruit. We associate the succah with issues of food, shelter, social equality and human decency. The temporary nature of the succah also reminds us of the needs of the homeless. In the secular tradition, the custom of symbolically inviting ushipisin (honoured guests) into the succah, extends beyond the patriarchs and other Biblical heroes to both historical and contemporary humanists and activists who have struggled to create a better world.” More information on www.csjo.org.
5.On Saturday and Sunday, there’s a Sri Lankan Buddhist ceremony in Scarborough. I went to this last year and found it spiritually moving. I also found myself in Sri Lanka. The free food was good too. The procession is on Sunday at 9am. See Blogs http://bit.ly/owewUm and http://bit.ly/nbsoUq .
6. You can watch the brewing of international class Japanese Sake at the Distillery District. See Blog 189 below for details.
For times, addresses, and web-sites, please visit my web-site: www.TorontoMulticulturalCalendar.com. Our Twitter and Blog can be accessed easily from this web-site. Please let me know if I’ve missed any interesting ethnic events.