12th annual Multicultural Night
is a success


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Ayman Faddah (R) serves traditional foods of Palestine and Lebanon to patrons of the 12th annual Multicultural Night, held Tuesday evening at the Davidson Centre in Kincardine

Shona Campbell (R) puts a French sticker on a passport for a youngster at Multicultural Night in Kincardine

"Easy Does It," featuring Tom Lambert (L), Mike Smith, Steve Hasbury, Karen Weber and Dave Lockhart, provides entertainment at Multicultural Night in Kincardine

Checking out the food at the Italian table, are Kaitlin Gibson (L) and Dakota Christie-Wylds of Kincardine, at Multicultural Night

People enjoy traditional food of China ...

... and India, at Multicultural Night

The 12th annual Multicultural Night, held Tuesday evening at the Davidson Centre in Kincardine, was another great success.

Chandra Tripathi, one of the event organizers, said that more than 1,500 people from Kincardine and the surrounding communities were able to partake in celebrating the theme of "Beauty and Strength Lies with Diversity - Celebrate Every Way and Every Day."

"Our annual Multicultural Night was commemorated with vibrant entertainment and cross-cultural sharing from around the world," said Tripathi. "In spite of inclement weather, hundreds of of people from various countries gathered to celebrate unity in diversity, joy, peace and goodwill to all. Thank you all very much for making this celebration a success."

Attendees took the opportunity to engage and learn from each other's cultures by sampling new ethnic delicacies and discovering new traditions and cultures, Tripathi said.

"The success of this celebration reaffirms our commitment to the acceptance of diversity and demonstrates that by learning more about others and accepting them, we discover that we have many things in common and this is one of the ways to strengthen our community and workplace," he said.

The air was filled with the scents of Australian, Argentinean, Canadian, Indian, Chinese, Nepalese, Palestinian, Filipino, German, Ireland, Polish, French, Italian, Dutch, Israel, Spanish, Scottish, Ukrainian, Brazil, Salvador, Guyanese, Kenyan, Yemenis, food samples, along with the traditions and cultures. 

There were dances and music from around the world for everyone to enjoy. There were additional interest booths where people learned about Kincardine Heritage, Robotics, Kids activities, Home and School, and Languages. All adding to the experience of learning to respect and love the world and all the diversity it has to offer.

"This event offers a unique opportunity to educate the community around us as well as ourselves on the importance and benefits of inclusiveness, tolerance, diversity and awareness of multiculturalism," said Tripathi. "What better way to get to know our neighbours than to explore their roots and engage them in our heritage."

The evening was organized by the Kincardine Multicultural Celebration Committee and was sponsored by Bruce Power, the Municipality of Kincardine and local schools. The members of the committee include Karen Smith and Chandra Tripathi (Bruce Power), Anne Roppel (community), Steven Travale (Catholic School), and Virat Krishna Tripathi (High School).

"On behalf of the committee, I would like to salute and thank all the volunteers for their sincere efforts, passion, contributions and valuable time to make this celebration of mutual respect, friendship, fun, food and festivity, a grand success," said Tripathi.

"I also encourage you to keep it up; with your passion for diversity, we can build a strong, vibrant and beautiful cohesive community, where each and every man and woman feels included."

The Multicultural Night was interrupted briefly around 6 p.m. when the power went out. But the Davidson Centre back-up generator kicked in, the lights came back on and the event continued.


Megan Charbonneau (in behind) of Kincardine helps Shareef Faddah with his 'Cat in the Hat' hat in the Children's Corner

Demonstrating this year's robot, are Kinetic Knights members Aaron Gordon (L), Bradley Reid and Michael Strader

Rachel Catelo (L), 7, and Nisha Paguirigan, 7, both of Kincardine, hand out stickers of the Philippines at Multicultural Night, Tuesday evening at the Davidson Centre in Kincardine

Dumaiyah Al-Dhabbi of Kincardine serves traditional food of Yemen at Multicultural Night

Eliza Bumba (L) and her sister, Tatiana, serve Brazilian rice to patrons of Multicultural Night

Jack Charbonneau (L), 7, and his four-year-old brother, Gray, of Kincardine make crafts at the Children's Corner

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