If you are interested in cultures in Toronto from Brazil, Cuba, Hong Kong, India, Korea, Syria, and/or Taiwan, mark your calendar now for the last week in August. Among the following events are also Muslim and Multicultural ones which include several different cultures.
Brazil. Flavia Nascimento concert. Samba. August 25. 6:30 & 8pm. Free.
Roy Thomson Hall Patio, 60 Simcoe Street. For more information and video:
Korean Harvest Festival. Mel Lastman Square. Korean and variations of Korean food, maybe kim chi poutine. Vendors, song, dance and martial arts (arm wrestling and foot–tennis). Friday, August 26, 5-10:30pm; Saturday, August 27, 12-10:30pm; Sunday, August 28: 12-10:30pm. Free. http://koreanharvestfest.com/en/ . Schedule: http://koreanharvestfest.com/en/index.php?view=pre02
Multicultural Show. Young people put on a show. Friday August 26. 6pm-9pm. Free admission. Oakridge Community Center, 63 Pharmacy Ave. Raffle, prizes, entertainment, fashion show. Featuring food from various countries. For more information please contact: Sabrina Novello at 416- 688-7802 or Snovell@Toronto.ca
Multicultural. Coconut Festival. August 27-28. 10am-8pm. Free entry. Coconuts are not native to Canada and a festival dedicated to them is certainly exotic. I went a couple years ago and found vendors selling coconut hand creams, smoothies from the fruit of Africa’s baobab tree, India’s Ayurvedic medicine, Thai basil ice cream made from non-dairy coconut milk, lactose-free coconut whipped cream, and a new word “Afribbean”. http://coconutfestival.ca/
Multicultural. Don’t forget the International Show at the CNE: Switzerland. The Konterschwug: The Cool Swiss Acrobats look like a lot of fun. They will be on stage daily from August 27-September 3.
Cuba. Lizt Alfonso Dance Cuba will show their Niños de Cuba August 30-September 4. Who can resist talented dancing children?
India’s Bollywood as expressed by Toronto-based group Shiamak will be on the closing day September 5. http://theex.com/main/entertainment/international-performers/.
Muslim Fest. Over 50 local and international artists, concerts, comedy shows, a multicultural bazaar, a kids carnival, family variety show, women’s program, film festival. August 27-28. Celebration Square, Mississauga. I enjoy going to this festival. I love the colour and the food. It gives me a feeling of being back in a friendly and safe Muslim country. A big plus is that most people here speak English so you can ask questions. http://muslimfest.com/.
Syrian Film Festival. Syria Self-Portraits: Chronicles of Tyranny, Chronicles of War. If sponsoring a Syrian refugee has made you especially interested in Syria, this festival could be of interest to you. For the refugees, these will probably bring back unhappy memories, alas. Aug 26-Sept. 4. $13. TIFF Bell Lightbox, 350 King Street West. http://www.tiff.net/summer2016-cinematheque/syria-self-portraits-chronicles-of-tyranny-chronicles-of-war. Schedule: http://bit.ly/2amO5aY.
Taiwan-Hong Kong TaiwanFest. Aug. 26-28. A cultural tango. Here’s a chance to try Taiwan’s bubble tea and Hong Kong’s milk tea. Will there be some new dishes as a result of the Taiwan-Hong Kong-Canada best chefs competition? Do you remember the music of Teresa Teng, one of the “Five Great Asian Divas,” and Farewell My Concubine star, Leslie Cheung? http://www.harbourfrontcentre.com/festivals/taiwanfest/index.cfm?ref=home
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