Category Archives: Arts & Culture

Learning to cook food across cultures Global Cooking is a social and learning opportunity

The Edmonton Mennonite Centre for Newcomers (EMCN) has discovered food is the ultimate ice breaker.

The organization, which helps new immigrants integrate and settle in Canada, offers a Global Cooking Class on Mondays at Alberta Avenue Community League.

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Ahmed Abdulkadir breaks down barriers Community advocate strives to create strong communities

Big ideas for change has taken root on Norwood Boulevard.

Ahmed Abdulkadir, executive director of the Ogaden Somali Community of Alberta (OSCAR), operates a community centre on 111 Avenue. He’s also one of the partners of the Safety Summit, an alliance of aboriginal, Somali, and community groups who have partnered with Edmonton Police Services and the City of Edmonton.

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Understanding the meaning and origin of Yule Celebrating the season by looking into familiar symbols

Yule or the winter solstice is the shortest day of the year and Pagans celebrate it around the same time as Christmas. In fact, Yule is the precursor to Christmas. When Christianity was being spread throughout Europe, many of the same symbols and traditions were assimilated into Christianity as a means to ease the recently converted Pagans into the faith.

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Holiday market brings a season of connection Just One World offers ethically-sourced gifts to shoppers

Christmas shoppers hunting for ethically-sourced gifts have plenty of choice at Just One World, held Nov. 12-13.

Previously known as Just Christmas, organizers changed the name to more accurately reflect  the ethical and global market. The location has also changed. Alberta Avenue Community League hosted the event for the past 10 years, but now the Ital-Canadian Seniors Association is hosting the volunteer-run market.

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Embracing agriculture with Northlands’ events Celebrating another year of hosting Canadian Finals Rodeo

The middle of the city is probably the last place you’d look for 2,000 head of cattle. But once a year for the past 43 years, November in Edmonton meant hundreds of farmyard livestock making their way to Farmfair and the Canadian Finals Rodeo (CFR) at Northlands. This year, your chance to connect with your inner cowboy or cowgirl comes Nov. 9-13.

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Gallery curates creativity and conversation Bleeding Heart Art Space blends art and faith

Light streams through the windows of Bleeding Heart Art Space on 118 Avenue. Its bright interior fulfills the founders’ intent that there be a community gathering place for the arts, and by extension, for social dialogue.

“One thing that art does really well is give a voice to people who may not have a voice, and to issues that may not have a voice,” said Dave Von Bieker, Bleeding Heart’s artistic director.

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What it means to start over in a new country Learning a complicated language takes time and exposure

Imagine moving to a new country. The stress of finding a new home, a new job, a new school for your kids, and new friends. Now imagine not being able to speak your new country’s language.

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Tibetan colours to brighten Alberta Avenue Learn about Tibetan culture at annual Tibetan Bazaar

Every year, Gaden Samten Ling Society’s Tibetan Bazaar becomes more popular.

“It’s been growing year by year,” said Jeremy Berg, society board member, noting that attendees should anticipate a lot of music and colour.

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Fill your heart during Kaleido Festival Capture festival magic during the dog days of September

One of Kaleido Family Arts Festival’s greatest strengths is that it presents art and performance in a casual way to everyone.

Another strength is the community focus. Artistic director Christy Morin explained the heart of Kaleido has always been local talent, including organizers, performers, athletes, and artisans.

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