On Saturday June 22, 2019 the Hazeldean Branch of the Ottawa Public Library hosted its 7th annual Celebrating Cultures event. The day began with a fun filled family storytime (and an outdoor story walk) and continued with musical offerings and storytelling from our community members.
The Kanata Chinese Senior Support Centre (KCSSC) performed their beautiful Thousand-hand Guanyin Buddha Dance, an instrumental piece and the Blessing Tibet solo dance. Daania Khan-Poulin thrilled the audience with her beautiful voice. Energetic performances from Sherry’s School of Highland Dance were accompanied by a live piper. The event concluded with Dean Verger sharing his storytelling skills with the captivated audience and a Maria Sabaye’s Persian dance representing the harvest.
The fun continued outside as well where Hazeldean team members and Hazeldean’s Teen Advisory Group (TAG) members promoted the TD Summer Reading Club, facilitated a crafts table, and created some beautiful Henna art and face painting designs for children of the community.
It was a wonderful morning where members of the community really came together to share talents, connect with each other and celebrate our cultures and diversity.
We look forward to hosting again next year and learning more about the cultures and talents of our community members!