Paradise embraces the colours and flavours of multiculturalism

The Town of Paradise celebrated Multiculturalism Week by hosting the town’s first multicultural showcase on Sunday at the Paradise Double Ice Complex
The event featured performances from the Bollywood Jig dance group, The Neighbourhood Strays belly dancers and drummers from the Misube Drum Circle. Traditional foods from India, China and Africa were also available for guests to sample.

The Bollywood Jig dance performance displayed an East Indian dance performance, inviting guests to join the group and learn a few new dance moves in front of the crowd. It was all an effort in sharing unique cultural experiences, including Newfoundland culture.

“When I first came to Newfoundland I didn’t know the correct response to, ‘What are ye at?’ shared Bollywood Jig artistic director Sanchita Chakraborty. “Now I know it’s ‘this is it.”
The Neighbourhood Strays dance group showed a colourful display of skilful movement in their performance, as they showcased a dance style which originated in the Middle East. Both groups joined the Misube Drum Circle to dance along with the percussion.

“It’s always so nice to be able to share something with the community that they may not have seen before,” said Caitlyn Hill, Neighbourhood Strays member.

“I watched some of the dancers, and they were absolutely fantastic,” said Councillor Deborah Quilty. “The people there were just in awe. For people, this was their first time coming to Paradise and seeing this type of event.”

Quilty said the Town is hoping to hold the event annually as part of the provincial Multiculturalism Week running from March 18-24. Quilty thanked the town staff, responsible for planning the event, including Pat Silver, Shane Sweeney, Julie Milley, Conrad Freake and Natasha Hann.

“They did a fantastic job,” said Quilty. “On behalf of the Town, I certainly welcome all of the multicultural programs that we can get here to showcase their talents and cultures.”

By Kyle Reid

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