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Friday, May 27, 2011

One World Festival Weekend

Owen Sound | by Daryl Morris  

The regions' diversity is being celebrated under one roof today.

All of the region's diversity will be celebrated under one roof -- or one tent -- today.

The first ever Grey-Bruce One World Festival is being put on by the Inclusive Communities Committee.

Coordinator Colleen Purdon says the group has been working together for five years to address racism and discrimination in the area, and this year they decided to organize the festival to celebrate the diversity in our community.

She says because we live in a smaller, rural area, we don't always take time to recognize that there are a lot of differences that actually bring us all together.

Purdon says there are many cultures, languages, ethnic groups, sexual orientations and faith groups.

She says we also have a lot of Aboriginal, Metis and black history to celebrate.

Purdon says they are hoping to make the festival an annual event, as they've already received a lot of support.

She says they have 22 displays set up from different groups throughout Bruce and Grey.

There is also a full day of entertainment and performances.

The Grey-Bruce One World Festival takes place from 9 AM to 3 PM at the Market Square in downtown Owen Sound.

 

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