267. This weekend in Multicultural Toronto.


Hindu God. Hare Krishna. Image Copyright ©2012 Ruth Lor Malloy

This coming weekend May 25-27, there’s Doors Open, an opportunity to visit any of 135 buildings including a Turkish mosque, an exquisite Tibetan temple, and a Hindu temple. There’s also a Greek Orthodox church, a Chinese Baptist church, and a First Nations sweat lodge and long house. Entries and guides are free.

The Carassauga festival has 60 countries represented with performances in traditional costumes, foods to sample, and souvenirs to buy. People in its pavilions will answer questions about their cultures. That festival only costs $12 for adults for the whole three days.


Turkish Costumess. Carassauga 2011. Image Copyright ©2012 Ruth Lor Malloy.

The Royal Ontario Museum has a Iranian heritage day with seven different dance troupes, a Persian “wedding,” and a puppet show. It will highlight its archaeological displays, show two Persian films, and have a related program for children. These are all included in the ROM’s usual adult entry fee of $15.

People can also choose from a free recent Hong Kong movie, a talk on Families with Children from China, and at least one Buddhist temple’s celebration of Buddha’s birthday.

A free exhibit about Japan’s living cultural icon Tomasaburo Bando has been going on for the last five months and will close on June 22. He’s the kabuki theatre star who specializes in playing women’s role.

These are all I’ve found so far, and I’ll add more as I find them. Please let me know of any events I’ve missed and any such events you’ve attended. The problem for fans of multiculturalism is one of choice. How can we see everything we want to see?

Details of these events are on my web-site: www.torontomulticulturalcalendar.com . I eagerly await your reaction.




    1. Thanks for the encouragement. Please share your experiences at Toronto’s free festivals.

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