Carabram, Brampton’s Multicultural Festival, is expanding this year to include a central site at South Fletcher’s Sportsplex, to showcase additional cultures, music and food as well as an International Bazaar.
Carabram Central, our Pavilion of Cultures, “allows us to invite other cultures, not having the resources, to participate as Cultural delegations,” says Carabram President Angela Johnson. “These cultural communities may not have the resources to put together a traditional cultural pavilion, but have the ability to share their culture.” Showcasing, Arabia, Latin America, Pakistan, Hawaii, Ukraine and Nepal.
Carabram will also present its World of Food Pavilion as part of the central site as well an International Market Bazaar with artisans and commercial vendors.
A small stage will present music, dance and song as well as demonstrations and a Ted Talk style presentation. The Main stage, beside World of Food, will showcase top entertainment from around the world.
Carabram, Canada’s oldest cultural festival, is July 13, 14, 15 at eight venues across the city.
In addition to the new South Fletcher’s site, our pavilions are located throughout the city. Canada is returning to the UNIFOR Local 1285 Hall, Caribbean and China are at Chris Gibson Recreation Centre, Eelam is at the Brampton Soccer Centre; India is at the Jim Archdekin Recreation Centre, Ireland is returning to Lions Hall on Avondale Rd., Philippines and Punjab are at Century Gardens Recreation Centre, and Portugal is at the Vasco da Gama Cultural Centre.
“We are so fortunate to have such a diverse community and Carabram allows our visitors to not only celebrate their own culture but to also appreciate and learn about other cultures that contribute to the diverse makeup of our city,” says Johnson.
While “free” passports will be available prior to and at the Carabram pavilions during the festival we are pre-selling tickets for $10 until July 13 when the price rises to $12 once the festival starts. Tickets are available online at www.carabram.org and at selected Brampton Recreation Centres and Brampton Transit kiosks, Shoppers World and many locations where the “Carabram Tickets for Sale” sign is displayed. Please check our website.
Children under 12 are free. Our art challenge for children is back this year. Teachers can enter their class in the Carabram Kids Art Challenge and help us celebrate Brampton’s cultural diversity. Our theme is “Diversity in Canada.” Details are at www.carabram.org
“Our primary focus is to celebrate, educate and communicate with Bramptonians about the cultures that they live and work with every day,” says Johnson.
Conceived in 1982, Carabram is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to the preservation, development and promotion of the diverse ethnic communities in Brampton. Carabram focuses on the culture and arts of each host group, including local dancers, musicians, singers, artists and performers of all types in native language style and dress. It gives us all the opportunity to enjoy the showcase of artistic performances by professional practitioners from a variety of backgrounds and cultures, who call Brampton home.
“We have great support from our key sponsors. And, of course, all our dedicated volunteers who work tirelessly all year round,” says Johnson. “We are looking forward to an exceptional festival this year. Here is a great opportunity to Experience the World without leaving Brampton and most of all, getting to know your neighbours.”