The reason I haven’t made a post since last Wednesday is because I’ve been busy working the 2011 RBC Multicultural Festival in Halifax, Nova Scotia. I took a temp job as the Artistic Director of the Multicultural Association of Nova Scotia (MANS) back in April, and all my work has led up to this festival. As Artistic Director, I am responsible for acquiring talent and creating the entertainment schedule for both the Main Stage and the Lounge Stage. Although working the festival was exhausting, it was a pleasure to see the culmination of my hard work and dedication to making this year’s festival a success. Despite being in charge of both the Main and Lounge stages, I can’t be in two places at once so I spent most of the weekend managing and emceeing the main stage. If you were in the Halifax area over the weekend, I hope you got the chance to drop by the festival, eat some delicious food, check out the exhibitors’ tents, and see some of the amazing dance and musical acts available on the Main Stage, the Lounge Stage, and in the Children’s Tent.
I would like to thank the MANS‘ staff as well as all of the volunteers who came out to help. Everyone was amazing and, despite the occasional backstage hiccup, the festival was a success. I also want to thank our national performers for flying in to Halifax to join us for the weekend: Kathak practitioner, Sudeshna Maulik from Montreal, Quebec; “Gyvataras” Hamilton Lithuanian Folk Dance from Hamilton, Ontario; and Chi-Ping Dance Group from Toronto Ontario. They were wonderful. And, of course, I would like to thank all of our local performers who came out to entertain us: The Romiosyni Greek Dance Group, The Maritime Sikh Society, The Indo-Canadian Association of Nova Scotia, The Chinese Society of Nova Scotia, The Maritime Centre for African Dance, The Souvenir Dance Ensemble from The Maritime Conservatory of Performing Arts, Mary’s Islanders Dance Troupe, “Pakarii” Latinoamerican Dance, For the Love of Flamenco, Pomorze Polish Dance Ensemble, Unity Persian Dance, The Thistle Scottish Country Dancers, Akhawat al Raks, Viva Flamenco, Ava Ensemble with the Iranian Association of Nova Scotia, Oasis Belly Dance, The Canadian Lebanon Society of Halifax, The Scotia Cuties, and The Hispanic Cultural Society of Nova Scotia. All of the bands who came out to perform on both the Lounge and Main Stage also deserve thanks, especially Christina Martin, Keith Mullins, Europa, Asia & NuGruv, Tom Collins Band, Mojito Band, Jon Davis from Montreal, The Trips, Michael Redden, Papilio, Nadira, and so many more.
After taking a few days off, I will be spending the remainder of July working on reports for MANS and next year’s Artistic Director about what worked and what didn’t. If you have any praises, complaints, suggestions, or constructive criticism, please feel free to comment here or email me at email@example.com.
If you attended the festival and have any fun or fabulous pictures or stories you would like to share, please email them to firstname.lastname@example.org or post them on the RBC Multicultural Festival Facebook Wall. We would appreciate it!