Pop­u­lar se­ries re­turns

In­ter­na­tional Tea House launches its sea­son at the Jack Blanchard Fam­ily Cen­tre on Satur­day

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - ENTERTAINMENT -

The P.E.I. In­ter­na­tional Friend­ship As­so­ci­a­tion is launch­ing its an­nual In­ter­na­tional Tea House (ITH) se­ries on Satur­day, Jan. 30 at the Jack Blanchard Fam­ily Cen­tre, 7 Pond St. Char­lot­te­town from 7-9 p.m.

The ITH was first cre­ated in 1993 by a group of Is­lan­ders rep­re­sent­ing main­stream com­mu­nity and a few dif­fer­ent ethno-cul­tural groups to raise aware­ness and un­der­stand­ing of the value of cul­tural di­ver­sity. Over the years, they pro­vided Is­lan­ders with op­por­tu­ni­ties to meet new­com­ers, learn their cul­ture and cel­e­brate di­ver­sity. The pur­pose of the tea house is to en­cour­age mean­ing­ful in­ter­ac­tion among mul­ti­cul­tural groups and main­stream com­mu­ni­ties by or­ga­niz­ing gath­er­ings with cul­tural ac­tiv­i­ties, mu­sic, dance and en­ter­tain­ment, education work­shops and cul­tural pre­sen­ta­tions.

The pro­gram demon­strated its com­mit­ment to raise aware­ness in the larger com­mu­nity of var­i­ous grow­ing im­mi­grants, im­mi­gra­tion trends on P.E.I. and their so­cio-cul­tural back­grounds, a news re­lease states.

The fam­ily events will fo­cus on cul­tural learn­ing, shar­ing, and com­mu­nity un­der­stand­ing.

The Jan. 30 tea house will fea­ture events con­sist­ing of dance, mu­sic, pre­sen­ta­tions, eth­nic food and chil­dren’s ac­tiv­i­ties. CBC Main­street host Karen Mair will em­cee the event. Mi’kmaq el­der Bar­bara Bernard will de­liver the open­ing prayer, smudge; wel­com­ing the re­cently ar­rived-Syr­ian fam­i­lies. Haven­wood Stu­dio dancers, who have per­formed across Mar­itimes as well as Or­lando, Fla., will en­ter­tain the au­di­ence. Ayessa Marie Divina will sing Pilipino tunes. Those Line Dancers, con­sist­ing of Margo Postma, Sylvia Turner, Mona McClintick, Lynda Landry, Leisa Jar­dine, Wilma Smith, Lil­ian Lad­ner, Pa­tri­cia Boland and Gail Fee­han will per­form and Amy Amierah will per­form a Le­banese belly dance.

Per­for­mances will also be given by Chi­nese Dance, a P.E.I. Asian artist group, JianBin, a Chen style tai­ji­quan dance. Qi Qi, Linda, Bing Yiao will present the Swan geese dance. Korean singer, Seok won im, will per­form tra­di­tional Korean songs.

East In­dian eth­nic food will be pro­vided by Sharda Gupta. There will be arts and crafts from In­dia, China and Do­mini­can Re­pub­lic.

Ad­mis­sion is free. Tea and coffee avail­able. Wheel­chair ac­ces­si­ble. Lots of door prizes to win. Do­na­tions are ap­pre­ci­ated.

For more in­for­ma­tion, please con­tact Ratna Ra­japaksa at 902314-5772.

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