A showcase from around the globe
Countries share music, dance, food and art
“It’s like travelling the world while staying in Ottawa.”
That’s how Guy Laflamme, executive director of the Ottawa 2017 Bureau, describes Ottawa Welcomes the World, a series of free events in collaboration with dozens of embassies and high commissions from around the globe.
Each has been invited to mark their country’s national celebration at Lansdowne Park to showcase their culture through music, dance, food and art.
“It’s really a multi-sensory, exotic experience,” Laflamme says.
While he has always believed Ottawa Welcomes the World was a critical part of Ottawa 2017’s yearlong program of events, Laflamme says it couldn’t be more timely and relevant, given the racial and religious tensions around the world.
“Canada is a model in terms of the success of our diversity policies and, while Ottawa Welcomes the World is a celebration of all of the embassies present in Ottawa, it’s also a celebration
It’s like travelling the world while staying in Ottawa. Guy Laflamme, executive director of the Ottawa
of Canadian diversity,” he explains.
“This is what Canada is all about.” Sept. 10: Embassy of the Republic of Bulgaria
Sept. 24: High Commission for Barbados
Sept. 26-27: Royal Embassy of Saudi Arabia
Sept. 29: High Commission of India
Oct. 1: Embassy of the Slovak Republic
Oct. 2: Aga Khan Development Network
Oct. 4-8: Embassy of the People’s Republic of China Oct. 10-11: Embassy of the United Arab Emirates
Oct. 15: Embassy of Japan Nov. 4: Embassy of the Republic of Zambia
Nov. 20: Embassy of Lebanon
Dec. 1: Embassy of Romania
Ottawa Welcomes the World this fall. It is in part a celebration of all the many cultures represented in the city.