A show­case from around the globe

Coun­tries share mu­sic, dance, food and art

Metro Canada (Ottawa) - - Special Report: Ottawa 2017 - Jen Traplin

“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

2017 Bureau

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 2017 Bureau

Ot­tawa Welcomes the World this fall. It is in part a cel­e­bra­tion of all the many cul­tures rep­re­sented in the city.

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