Welcome to all our Carabram guests and friends attending the 2018 festival. Everyone here at Carabram has been hard at work putting in a lot of effort to bring you an exceptional, family- oriented, aesthetically-pleasing event that we hope will impress upon you the magnificence of Canadian multiculturalism at its best. Each year, we tell you how proud we are of our premier multicultural event and each year you respond by coming out in the thousands to embrace and enjoy the breath-taking beauty of our great nation. We are Canada!
There is nothing small about Carabram except for the small amount you have to spend to buy a ticket. A mere $10 will allow you full access to 3 days of enjoyment of cultures such as Eelam, China, Punjab, Latin America, Pakistan, Nepal, Hawaii and India, or the strikingly beautiful pavilions of Portugal, Ireland as well as the glamorous Philippines and Caribbean. Then, there is that one pavilion which is worthy of special mention because it holds an honoured place in all of our hearts, Canada.
For 2018, we are introducing a Pavilion of Cultures at South Fletcher’s Recreational Centre, which will feature multiple cultures (due to these groups not having the resources to host a standalone pavilion) participating and showcasing different aspects of their respective culture. In addition to the usual wonderful entertainment you can expect (see passport for entertainment lineup) Carabram will also present its World of Food Court, similar to our successful Food Festival downtown Brampton last September. The South Fletcher’s site will also host an International Market Bazaar with artisans and vendors selling items reflective of the cultures. In addition to hosting a main stage for entertainment there will also be a second stage for more entertainment and will feature cultural demonstrations and speakers relating their experiences pertaining to diversity and inclusion. At Carabram we focus as heavily on the communicating and educating aspects of our festival as we do on the celebrating aspect.
Carabram is the ideal cultural festival for those looking to explore the world but never having to leave the city. We bring the world to you! We continue to combine pavilions as best as possible to reduce our footprint and your travel time. Due to decreased funding we are unable to provide the free transit as was done years ago. Notwithstanding that, we have heard from you — our visitors — through surveys, that you prefer to use your own transportation and not be limited to the schedule of the transit.
Last year we introduced a ticket concept, which we have adopted again this year so that we could get our sales and distribution started early. We still do have our passports that will provide additional information and also recognize our sponsors and partners. We know you like to get your passport stamped at each stop along your journey. Please do remember that your ticket is what you need to get you into the pavilions. It’s like having a boarding pass with your passport. Your passport alone won’t get you on the flight, you must have a boarding pass.
Carabram continues to offer spectacular cultural awareness as well as a wide variety of activities to suit all ages including specific fun things for children. Carabram hospitality is friendly, warm and welcoming – an enjoyable tradition with all its members is something we are proud to display. Carabram continues to showcase local cultural artists and performers sponsored by dedicated cultural organizations that in turn host Carabram’s pavilions.
For over 30 years, our festival has provided a powerful platform for diversity. We have connected tens of thousands of people to countless cultural experiences; experiences that many may not have otherwise had the opportunity to enjoy. We bring people and cultures together. We build bridges, not walls. We break down barriers and show the world that together we can create a world of peace built upon mutual respect and understanding, allowing each one of us to reap the rewards of this harmony.
Carabram celebrates just how similar we really are. For as long as Carabram has existed and will continue to exist, our small army of volunteers will always represent and reflect all that is good about humanity, all that makes us proud of and to honour our and each other’s heritage; this is what defines us as Canadians and this is what makes us truly proud of our great country, Canada.
Enjoy Carabram 2018. Be safe, be well and be out there celebrating. To our returning visitors, we thank you for your continued support. For our first time visitors, we bid you a very hearty welcome. See you there!