For cities, holidays and cultural celebrations drive transformation in community atmospheres. Suddenly streets change colours, decorations hung, and festivals turn sleepy downtown cores into large-scale parties for locals and tourists alike. Festivals have countless benefits; they bring diverse people together, increase economic opportunities, celebrate food and culture and increase a sense of belonging. However, more often than not, community or multicultural groups encounter barriers to hosting their celebrations in public spaces. Even worse, cultural festivals can result in cultural appropriation and commercialization by other groups. Join Sabina Ali and Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre in a conversation about the importance of saying YES to cultural celebrations in public spaces and why these events need to be led by the community they represent. This webinar will be hosted and moderated by Michelle German.
This event is part of the Civic Commons Catalyst webinar series. The Civic Commons Catalyst is a new initiative of Future Cities Canada which will offer an array of programming to support and scale existing civic initiatives, prototype new participatory models and support resident-led activities.