North Perth – The Multicultural Association of Perth-Huron (MAPH) has rescheduled a multicultural festival it had hoped to hold in June for Aug. 28 from 4 to 7 p.m.
“Newcomers to Huron and Perth counties enrich their communities by teaching us about the world we live in, and reminding us that even though we may be different, we are all the same,” said Gezahgn Wordofa, founder of MAPH.
He said the festival intends to help newcomers feel at home and celebrate with long-time residents of the area. The gathering will be held at the amphitheatre in Listowel Memorial Park overlooking the Maitland River.
Wordofa said they will be following all COVID-19 health protocols that Public Health advises them to use for the gathering and masks will be made available for anyone who needs them.
There will be an eclectic mix of live music to entertain everyone who comes out, from traditional Indian and African music to contemporary country music.
“All people are very welcome to attend – there will be free dinner – hamburgers, hotdogs and multicultural food,” he said.
Wordofa said that a special part of the celebration will be to show appreciation for the frontline workers who have continually put their health on the line for all members of the community during the pandemic.
“Everyone from nurses, doctors and police to grocery store workers and truck drivers,” he said. “There will be a special thanks to people who worked through the COVID time. A special thanks – they are very welcome to join us.”
Colin Burrowes, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Listowel Banner