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Happening Multicultural Festival

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918 Bathurst Centre for Culture, Arts, Media & Education

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Toronto, ON M5R 3G5


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HAPPENING Multicultural Festival -- May 29-June 1 2019 —— at 918 Bathurst Centre for Culture Arts Media & Education.

HAPPENING Multicultural Festival is a four-day multidisciplinary festival that will engage more than 60 artists/performers who have self-identified as people of diverse communities, immigrants, newcomers and refugees. The festival features traditional and contemporary music, dance, visual arts, story-telling, poetry, crafts and food. HAPPENING will take place at 918 Bathurst Centre for Culture Arts Media & Education in Toronto.

Join us to celebrate the talent and spirit of commuity.

You can BUY single event tickets or FULL Acces tickets. Plese note there are some events which require registration, others are free of charge or PWYC (Pay What You Can)

IF Event is SOLD OUT in this page, please check the page for the indiviudal event. You can also go to that page for PWYC Tickets to ALL THE EVENTS.

Artists & Events at HAPPENING Multicultural Festival

May 29-2019

Group Art Exhibit : Visual artists of diverse backgrounds present their work on the theme of Community and Identiy. Artists fuathured in this group exhibit are from Chile, Colombia, Egypt, Guatemala, India, Iran , Jordan, Korea, Mexico, Peru, Rumania , Syria, Venezuela and Zimbabwe.

Exhibition Curator: Claudia Arana

Community Artss Exhibit Five Commuity Engaged Organizations ( Artignate , Pinceles Latinos, Deparment of Imagineray Affairs , ImageArte and Muse Arts ) showcase their most recent Commutiy Engaged Arts projects at HAPPENING Festival.

Exhibition Curator : Mariana Bolanos Inclan

BUY TICKETS for Opening Reception $20

Visual and Communty Arts Exhibits are open to public from May 30 to June 01 from 9 am to 9 pm FREE

May 30-2019

During HAPPENING Multicultural Festival we are also creating opportunities for professional development for artists interested in working with communities.

Anti- Oppression & Cultural Competence in Facilitation Training $30

9:am to 12:00 pm

A 3-hour professional development opportunity ideal for artists, arts facilitators, arts, culture and community workers looking to continue a more inclusive practice. As arts educators, facilitators, and those working in and with communities, we all have a responsibility to treat others with dignity, respect and equality. We carry the responsibility to challenge discriminative actions, behaviours, language, policies and procedures. In order to do that , we require to undertand not only the concept but also to adopt a practice that works towards equity and justice.

Workshop Facilitators: Parul Pandya, funder of Community Impact Non- Profit Consulting & Paola Gomez Prorgam Director Muse Arts (Connect with us if you need tickets for this event)


During HAPPENING Multicultural Festival we are creating opportunities for organizations to network with artists and other organizations.

Community & Arts Engaged Organization Fair 1:30 pm to 5:30 pm FREE

Arts and non-Arts organizations working with immigrant, refugee and newcomer communities are part of this event. Exhibitors showcase organization’s services, interact and network with other organizations leaders and with immigrants, newcomer and refugee artists and their communities. Some of our exhibitors: ArtStarts , Airsa, Royal Ontario Museum, TIFF , Skills for Change, Muse Arts, CPAMO, OAC.. Neighbourhood Arts Network, Department of Imaginary Affairs, CultureLink, Teach2Learn and many more.

Panel Discussion "Funding & Collaboration" 3:00 to 4:30 pm FREE

*This event is part of the Organization Fair

Moderators: Charles Smith from CPAMO and Abdulrahman Matar from Syrian Mediterranean Cultural Forum

Organizations at the Panel: TAC , OAC, Canada Council for the Arts, ROM and Skills for Change

Dance & Performance Show 7:30 pm to 9:30 pm $10

May 31-2019

Creative Faciltiation one day intensive Training 9 am to 4:00 pm $100

1-day Creative Empowerment Training for refugee/newcomer artists who are interested in working with community /arts education /community arts and for creative people wanting to work with diverse communities.

PYE : Partners for Youth Empowerment


Spoken Word & Poetry Night 8:00pm to 10:00 pm $10

Curator: Banoo Zan

Featuring poets:

Ayesha Chatterjee
Charles C. Smith
Diana Manole
Khashayar Mohammadi
Yecid Ortega

June 01-2019

Storytelling/ Community Art Build Indigenous Arts & Knowledge Sharing 10:00 am to 12:30 pm

Join Bomgiizhik (Revolving Sky) from Serpent River First Nation. He is fish clan and live in a small Ansihinabek Village called Nimkii Aazhibikoong.

This is what he has shared with us " There is a prohecy of when the condor meets the eagle. They say this has happend already and are in a time of great change. They say Indigenous people will rise up and help protect the planet in a time of great sorrow. I believe this is our calling"

HAPPENINGKIDS Storytelling and Creative Writing FREE 1:00 pm to 2:30 pm

HAPPENINGKIDS Kids & Youth Engaged Art Show $5 2:30 pm to 5:30 pm

Music Performance & Festival Closing 7:30 pm to 11:30 pm $15

HAPPENING Multicultural Festival is the result of #collaboration, #unity and #generosity.

Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any further question. --

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