Well Tyndall Park, we’re coming to the end of another great summer here in Manitoba.
I hope you and your family were able to go and see some of the many great events that celebrated our Canadian identities, like the 150th Canada Day celebrations, the Canada Games, and my personal favourite, Folklorama!
Every year we host one of the largest multicultural festivals in the world. At Folklorama, we get to experience all sorts of different cultural displays, with groups showcasing their authentic food, songs, and dances. Some pavilions are very popular and bring in large crowds, and some pavilions are smaller and create a more intimate and warm cultural experience.
I was so proud to see my very own grandchildren take part in this cultural celebration as they performed at the Pearl of the Orient Pavilion. Seeing people take pride in their culture, and sharing it with their fellow Canadians is one of the things I like most about this amazing festival.
One of the important things about this festival is learning about the history of a culture and how these histories unite us. Even looking at many of the musical instruments, you get a sense of history. In the performances, you don’t see many of the instruments you see today. You see drums, gongs, and wind instruments made of animal skin, twigs, and bamboo. They have very soothing sounds and there is a sense that everything came from nature.
At the pavilions you can often hear music from cultural traditions that have been around for hundreds and hundreds of years. It’s a great way to learn about the many ways that different peoples have used music and rhythm to express themselves. While the songs are unique to their culture, the sounds are worldwide. Music is one of the ways that Folklorama shows us how we are all connected to each other.
So, does Folklorama help to enhance our Canadian mosaic? It certainly does. By emphasizing our diversity in this way, we celebrate what makes us different, what makes us unique, and what makes us one. Thank you to all of the organizers, performers, and volunteers for putting on another great festival. I look forward to celebrating with you again next year.
As always, if you have any questions or concerns and would like to get in contact with me, please call my office at 204-421-9493 or email me at Ted.Marcelino@yourmanitoba.ca