World explorers gathering in Arborg with food, fun, music and more

Featuring the Philippines, Iceland, Syria, Bolivia, India, Ukraine, Mexico, Belize, Aboriginal Manitobans, and Canada in general, The Seventh Annual Culturama evening at Arborg’s Community Hall will run from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Sept 28. Passports are limited and usually sell out fast. Photo by Twyla Siple, Interlake Spectator

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The Arborg and District Multicultural Heritage Village wants to help you travel the world in its hometown. The community’s star attraction is sponsoring the Seventh Annual Culturama evening at Arborg’s Community Hall on Sept 28 from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.

“Passports to attend the event are usually sold out one to two weeks prior to the event with people begging us to sell more tickets up and above our full capacity of 400 people,” Pat Eyolfson, the founding member of the Arborg Heritage Village, told The Interlake Spectator on Sept. 17.

Sponsored by the Heritage Village and Interlake Immigrant Settlement Services, this year’s event will have 10 cultural booths set up representing countries from around the world including: The Philippines, Iceland, Syria, Bolivia, India, Ukraine, Mexico, Belize, Aboriginal Manitobans, and Canada in general.

Providing an evening of food sampling, cultural displays and cultural entertainment from around the world, each of the 10 booths will deliver samples of two to three different ethnic food items for passport holders, who receive an empty plate at the door as they enter the event. 

“By the time they have visited each booth, they are holding an overflowing full plate of food,” Eyolfson said. “The building is buzzing with anticipation and satisfied visitors.  The booths are delighted to showcase their cultures and to treat the visitors to tasty food items specific to their culture and country, to share customs with the visitors and explain the many items on display at their booths.”

Eyolfson said that the crowd will be dazzled by a great variety of entertainment including cultural singers, dancers and musicians.

“Initially, at inception, the Arborg & District Multicultural Heritage Village created a partnership with the Interlake Immigration Settlement Services group we keep the passport affordable for all at $10 per adult, $5 for children 12 and under, and preschool-aged children are free,” she explained.

This event was initiated to allow new immigrants to proudly showcase their unique cultures and for them to meet other newcomers to Canada, and to meet and mingle with members of their new community.  It was created to stimulate new friendships and encourage the newcomers to feel part of their new community.

“The wonderful people who organize each booth and make 400 pieces of two to three food items each, they are the ones who really make this event so special. Each booth, the Heritage Village volunteers, and Interlake Immigration Settlement Services staff put a tremendous amount of work and effort into making this interactive community event a huge success,” Eyolfson continued.

“The Arborg and District Multicultural Heritage Village celebrates all cultures and Heritages within our community and province, so to put on an event in partnership with the Interlake Immigration Settlement Service Department was a perfect choice.”

For more information, email the Heritage Village representative at admhv4007@gmail.com, or call 204-376-5079. To contact Interlake Immigrant Settlement Services’ representative, call 204-378-5106, or email ezalevich@eastinterlake.com.

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