The ‘Scarborough Folk Festival’ is going to be held in Toronto to create a bridge between the different cultures of the multicultural country of Canada and convey the roots of folk culture to the new generation.
This exceptional and colorful festival will be held from 3 pm to 10 pm at Scarborough’s Thomson Memorial Park from 29 to 30 July.
Initiated by non-governmental organization ‘Heritage Canada’ and supported by Ontario Cultural Attractions Fund, Factor Canada, Scarborough Arts, Digitune Events, the beneficiary charity of this event is Scarborough Health Network’s Love Scarborough Campaign. Organizers say the goal of the festival is to promote intercultural and interfaith understanding by combating racism and discrimination and creating equitable opportunities for full participation by all in Canadian society.
Founder and Artistic Director of Scarborough Folk Festival, Ujjal Das said, the two-day event will highlight the cultural heritage of Canada’s aboriginal culture and immigrant communities. However, there will be a significant portion of the performance of Bangladeshi culture. He said that about three hundred artists from different communities are participating in this event. Ujjwal Dash also said that every region, every country, every people has its own story, Scarborough Folk Festival is the platform to spread that story to everyone.
Jyoti Purkayastha, Secretary General of the organizing organization ‘Parampara Canada’ said, ‘Parampara Canada’ is working with the aim of creating a harmony of different cultures in a multicultural society through the practice of art culture. The organization of the Scoreborough Folk Festival is part of that. He said that the two-day festival is being held this time in continuation of the success of the previous time.
Artist Management Coordinator Koumita Satkonaranjan said that the program will begin with the performance of about one hundred dancers from different communities. Under the direction of renowned dancer and teacher Aruna Haider, the founder of Sukanya dance hall, this ensemble dance will be performed on Saturday, July 29 at 3:30 pm. Also, a joint initiative of Parampara Canada and Art Quest will showcase the works of 15 Bangladeshi-Canadian artists in this festival.
Calling on the Bangladeshi community to enjoy this exceptional event, General Secretary of Heritage Canada Jyoti Dutta said, they believe that the Scarborough Folk Festival will add a different dimension to the mainstream culture of Canada with everyone’s cooperation. This colorful event will be completed with everyone’s participation.