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Celebrating Cultures


Join us for our 7th annual cultural celebration series being held at multiple Ottawa Public Library branches in conjunction with the Ottawa Local Immigration Partnership’s Welcoming Ottawa Week. Celebrate Ottawa's variety of cultures at your branch and meet new people!


African Stories, Songs, Drumming, Dance “Under the Palm Tree”

Saturday, June 23, 10:30 -11:30 am at Ruth E Dickinson. For more details.

Tuesday, June 26, 10:30-11:30 am at Alta Vista. For more details.

Saturday, June 30, 10:30-11:30 am at Beaverbrook. For more details.


Henna Art

Friday, June 22, 3:30-4:30 pm at Elmvale Acres. For more details.

Saturday, June 23, 3:00-4:00 pm at Orleans. For more details.

Saturday, June 23, 2:30-3:30 pm at Carlingwood. For more details.

Saturday, June 30, 2:00-3:00 pm at North Gloucester. For more details.


Decorating a Piñata

Saturday, June 16, 2:00-3:00 pm at Nepean Centrepointe. For registration and details.

Saturday, June 23, 2:30-3:30 pm at Emerald Plaza. For registration and details.


Film Screening: Refugees of the Blue Planet 

Thursday, June 21, 6 pm at Main For more details.



Make an Inukshuk Wall Hanging

Saturday, June 30, 10:30-11:30 am at Cumberland. For registration and details.


Folktale screening: Join us for popcorn and a movie screening of three folktales from around the world

Saturday, June 30, 10:30 am-12:00 pm at Greenboro. For more details.






Shouldn't a celebration of cultures include our Canadian culture as well, not just the cultures of recent immigrants to Canada? Or should the title be changed to "Celebrating Cultures of Other Countries"?

Celebrating Cultures at the Ottawa Public Library is organized in collaboration with Welcoming Ottawa Week (WOW) . WOW is an annual series of dialogues, cultural and celebratory events, sports activities, documentary screenings and more designed to convey the genuine welcome and hospitality of Ottawa to newcomers. It provides opportunities for quality interactions among residents, long-term and new. We celebrate the diversity of cultures represented and those of indigenous peoples. As part of Welcoming Ottawa Week 2018, the Ottawa Public Library is offering a variety of programs including an Inuit craft workshop making an Inukshuk wall hanging and a film screening of folktales from around the world.