KAMSACK — The Craft and Culture Celebration being planned for Kamsack on Nov. 27 is planned as an initiative that would start the ball rolling for an annual celebration of the community’s multicultural aspects and its diversity.
Town councillors Claire Bishop and Shelley Filipchuk along with Karen Koreluik are heading a committee that is planning to event to be held in the OCC Hall.
“We’ve not had a big community event since everything closed down due to the COVID-19 pandemic,” Bishop said last week, explaining that in order to kick-start such an event, she and Filipchuk had agreed to organize this event, which is being held on the last day of Saskatchewan’s Multicultural Week.
Although still being planned last week, the event is to include entertainment consisting of music and singing, including a Metis guitar player; demonstrations, including making of Ukrainian Easter eggs and a cultural display from Ukraine; Philippine foods, and youth participation that will include a hip-hop dance.
Jack Koreluik from the Kamsack Players adult theatre group and the Kamsack Playhouse committee, which in the past had held the Christmas in November crafts show and sale, will be attending, eager to take names of persons wishing to continue the initiative and work towards creating a “bigger and better” celebration next year, Bishop said, encouraging persons interested in the arts and helping to revive a multicultural celebration to leave their names with Koreluik.
A big part of the event will be a trade show being organized by Filipchuk, who said that she expects about 30 vendors to participate.
Craft shows are a great way to shop locally, Filipchuk said. “Why not help out a neighbour?”
No admission will be charged for the event that will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
“People may drop in anytime during the day,” Bishop said. “Shop and snack; it will be a great family event.”
The Multicultural Council of Saskatchewan (MCoS) has been raising awareness of the benefits of cultural diversity and the dangers of racism since 1975, said information on the MCoS website.
“Over the years, we have executed provincial campaigns all through November that celebrate Saskatchewan Multicultural Week,” the information said. “We have asked Saskatchewan to share their multicultural superheroes and we highlighted that multiculturalism fosters strength in diversity.