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Multicultural Festival

In-Person Performances
  • Saturday, September 11
    10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
    Aurora Town Park (49 Wells Street W.)
Virtual Experiences
  • Friday, September 10 to Sunday, September 19

Join us as we celebrate diversity and come together as a community at Aurora’s Multicultural Festival. This exciting festival will be taking place in September.

The festival will include vibrant cultural performance shows will be taking place in the Aurora Town Park (49 Wells Street). A variety of cultural performances will be showcased. Focusing on celebrating our community's roots while embracing new cultures, lively music, vibrant traditional clothing and wonderful dancing from around the world, this event will take you on a one-of-a-kind cultural tour; all in one location, all in the same day.

Be dazzled and awed as you experience how other cultures celebrate song and dance with a fully-packed entertainment line-up.

Entertainment: Stage Schedule - Saturday, September 11

Please see scheduled entertainment chart below.

Entertainment: Stage Schedule
TimeEntertainment

10:10 a.m. to 10:35 a.m.

Panwar Music and Dance Productions Inc. (South Asian)

10:45 a.m. to 11:10 a.m.

Norman Dance Company (Chinese)

11:20 a.m. to 11:45 a.m.

Flamenco Festival Dancers

11:55 a.m. to 12:20 p.m.

SamulNori Canada - Korean Drummers

12:30 p.m. to 12:55 p.m.

The Hawaiian Pacific Magic Dance Ensemble

1:05 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Ensemble “Topaz”

1:40 p.m. to 2:05 p.m.

Spice Island Performers (Caribbean)

2:15 p.m. to 2:40 p.m.

Hips Don’t Lie (Brazilian)

2:50 p.m. to 3:15 p.m.

Mexican Dancers

3:25 p.m. to 3:50 p.m.

Wonderful World of Circus

Aurora's Multicultural Festival GooseChase

Do you enjoy game trivia and challenges? Let's see how much you and your family know about the world. Those with the most points have a chance to win a $50 gift card from a local restaurant.

Challenge Information

  • Download the GooseChase app on a mobile device.
  • Create one account for each person that is participating in this challenge.
  • Once you have an account, use this game code 8XE3VL and you are ready to compete by completely as many missions as you!
  • Aurora’s Multicultural Festival GooseChase ends on September 19, 2021.
Fresh Food Kit

Get ready to order your Ultimate Ratatouille Experience Kit

Ratatouille food kit order box

  • Enjoy the freshest food kit with ingredients provided by the Aurora Farmers’ Market vendors. You are not going to want to miss this delicious opportunity. Nothing tastes better than farm to fork to yum!
  • The kit will have the main ingredients you need to prepare these this delicious French dish.
  • Fresh Food Box for 4 people - price $25.
  • Order online. Registration deadline is Friday, September 10.
  • Food kits will be available for pick-up during Aurora’s Multicultural Festival at Aurora Town Park on Saturday, September 11 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Fresh Food Kit - Order Online
Food Demonstrations

Try a new recipe this week as Cathy from Catarina’s Kitchen guides you step-by-step.

Honey Cake

Mexican Black Bean Chili

 

Multicultural Activity Bag 

Aurora’s Multicultural Activity Bag

  • Bags include themed crafts and activities. Created for children between the ages of 4 to 12.
  • Please order one bag per person. Residents only. Pre-order required (click on link below).
  • Order online. Registration deadline is Friday, September 10.
  • Bags will be available for pick-up during Aurora’s Multicultural Festival at Aurora Town Park on Saturday, September 11 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Special thanks to the Province of Ontario for providing additional funding for these activity bags.

If you have any questions, please email Shelley Ware

Multicultural Activity Bag - Order Online

Experience the World Through Film - Honeyland

Honeyland - Promo Video

One of the great benefits of including Independent and International films into your world is that it offers an opportunity for education and perspective, to enhance one’s life experience, as well as develop empathy and compassion for others. We often experience life in silos and when we can relate and connect with others in different parts of the world it is that general reminder that we are not alone. Independent/International films offer viewers this opportunity as well as introducing you to parts of the world many of us could not imagine ourselves. Whether it is the beautiful cinematography and seeing the landscape of another country for the first time or perhaps it is a film about politics, food, culture, or family dynamics. We ask you to come with us on a “journey” to screen the heartwarming, gorgeous and emotional film titled Honeyland and see how this documentary completely captures you. 

You can view Honeyland from the comfort of your home and on your own schedule. Run away to the breathtaking Balkan mountain range of Macedonia where you meet Haditze Muratova our main subject. Haditze takes us through the ancient method of wild beekeeping and how her life is dedicated to her bees, family and to her survival. Watch Haditze share her experience of resilience, honour, compassion, and her strength of spirit all while respecting the land and her solitude. 

Her mantra or the golden rule she lives by is, “take half the honey for yourself and leave the other half to the bees”. This film will leave you with an experience that you will not forget. Join us for a follow-up discussion - a tremendous way to talk through your emotions and to see the movie from a different lens by hearing others share what they learned and felt. 

Honeyland is not just about ancient beekeeping in Macedonia, it is about a woman’s spirit, family, the power of solitude, and how to honour and respect the land we are so reliant on … this movie will move you emotionally on so many different levels.

Watch the Honeyland Film

Simply click on the link provided below - enjoy!

Watch Honeyland

Join us for an Inspiring Discussion

Register for one of our discussion sessions - register online.

Monday, September 13 - 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Thursday, September 16 - 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.


Community Zone

Enjoy an array of engaging family-friendly cultural activities to experience from home. These activities are provided by local community organizations.

Aurora Historical Society 

Let's make Historic Paper Dolls with the Aurora Historical Society! Learn the origins of this classic children's toy and create your very own doll at home. Print out the template in the video description.

Aurora Food Pantry

A commonality between various cultures around the world is the desire to help and support local communities. Learn more about the Aurora Food Pantry and what high demand donations they are requiring. Complete a fun multiple choice quiz to see how much you know about the Aurora Food Pantry and food insecurity in Ontario.  

Aurora Public Library

Join us for songs, stories and lots of fun at Cantonese Storytime with Lolotea. English subtitles provided.

Brainy Games

Do you like puzzles? Try your hand at this Cultural Connections Game. Connect these nine cards into a perfect 3x3 square such that pairs of facing words are all related through common connections! For more games and fun, visit Brainy Games online.

Engineering for Kids York Region

Different cultures often celebrate traditions through dance, so why not experiment with these dancing raisins or try making a ping pong ball float in the air and dance around.

Girls Inc. of York Region

Paint your own Multicultural Kindness Rock for the beautiful Girls Inc Rock Garden. Find a flat, smooth, clean rock and paint it with kind words and images that promote diversity and inclusion. 

YH Art Studio

Follow along as YH Art Studio demonstrates how to use flower petals to create a beautiful piece of art. This introduction shows young artists how using natural mediums can help create texture, dimension and feelings in artwork.


Town of Aurora Activities

Colouring Sheets
Continental Crosswords

Solve the puzzles for each continent. See if you can complete all seven!


Stay Curious Collection - Virtual Sites

Stay curious and check out these curated sites from around the world. The themes for your travels with us include Outdoors, Museums, Aquariums, Zoos and more.

Outdoor Explorations

A French Fairytale: The 12 Most Charming Villages in France

A French Fairytale - Culture Trip

After looking through these charming villages in France, our favourite was Veules-les-Roses and here is more about it. Check these must-see sites to visit in Veules-les-Roses.

Veules-les-Roses

Things to Do in Veules-les-Roses

What was your favourite village in France from this collection?

Museum Explorations

Smithsonian: Natural Museum of Natural History

Smithsonian - Virtual Tour

Now that you have looked at some charming villages in France, let’s do some exploring inside the Smithsonian and take in this 360 Virtual Tour. Go at your pace, but keep a browser open as you will be inclined to further research some of this extraordinary exhibits.

The Vatican Museum

Vatican Museum - Virtual Tour 

Ever wanted to see inside this historical and breathtaking landmark, which is one that is globally known. Here’s your chance.

The Louvre

Louvre - Virtual Tour

Great advantage of visiting exquisite sites such as The Louvre is that your visit is never impeded by operating hours or renovations. You can visit when it is good for you.

Aquariums & Zoos 

Houston Zoo

Houston Zoo - Webcams

Let’s tour outdoors throughout the Houston Zoo. A must-see is the Gorilla Habitat cam and the Elephant Yard cam.

San Diego Zoo

San Diego Zoo - Live Cams

There are more live cams to check out. Be sure not to miss the Koala cam and the Panda cam.

Explore Live Animal Cams

Brooks Falls Brown Bears - Live Cam

Explore a variety of live animal cams, be sure to set aside some time for this, because once you open this you will be mesmorized by the various live cams.

African Web Cams

Africam - Live Streams

Don’t miss the live web cams in the wildlife within the African Safari.

Famous Cities Tours

Sydney, Australia

Tour - Sydney, Australia

Take a tour of Sydney from the comfort of your own home and without needing luggage.

China, The Forbidden City

Tour - China, The Forbidden City 

Check out what is behind the Great Wall of China and so much more!

Taj Mahal, New Delhi

Tour - Taj Mahal, New Delhi

Most know of the Taj Mahal, but here is your chance to tour it.

Buckingham Palace, UK

Tour - Buckingham Palace, UK

Make a cup of tea and enjoy a virtual tour of Buckingham Palace.

Blarney Castle, Ireland

Tour - Blarney Castle, Ireland

Take a trip to Ireland virtually and see if you develop the gift for gab by touring Blarney Castle.

Pyramids

Tour - Pyramids, Egypt

Be sure to check the Learner’s Guide for the Great Pyramids.


More Information and Contact

For more information, please call the Special Events line at 905-726-4762 or email Shelley Ware

Partial Funding Provided by

Province of Ontario logo

Thanks to our Event Sponsor

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Proud Live Stream and Virtual Programming Sponsor

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