Get ready for some great attractions and the opportunity to visit new frontiers this weekend.
Many Canadians will be pondering the multicultural description of the country with the recent proposal of a charter of values in Quebec.
The legislation planned by that province’s government has been widely interpreted as repressive and unwelcoming to people of other cultures, with its aim to ban religious symbols worn by public officials. The feeling is that the gesture would greatly harm the prospects there of people new to the country wanting to choose it for their home.
While that turn of events registers on a more extraordinary level, many communities across the country have in recent years undergone soul searching over how easily a recent immigrant or other newcomer could navigate some of the features of their chosen home. Or, indeed, how open are the community’s arms?
Locally, the Pictou County Multicultural Association has been doing wonders both in helping those who are new to the area and in spearheading regular events to highlight sights and tastes of various cultures.
This weekend, as part of Culture Days celebrated locally and across the country, the association is presenting its annual Fusion Festival, Saturday, noon to 6 p.m. at Glasgow Square. It’s a fantastic, colourful event – and it even looks like the weather is going to co-operate this year.
In addition to a multicultural market and a chance to try a variety of international foods, the event will feature entertainment, sports and activities, a fashion show and a dress-up booth so people can try on clothing styles from other countries.
Culture Days overall features events focusing on the arts, including Get Your Art On, at Glasgow Square Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. On hand will be artists and their works from a variety of disciplines, as well as several authors.
The weekend represents a happening couple of days, reflective of a county that is growing evermore rich in its diversity.