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Wednesday, 21 September 2011 14:45

Culture games will be a big part of Culture Days

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By Jessi Gowan — This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Swift Current’s upcoming Culture Days celebration offers a wide variety of events and activities for people of all ages and interests. The whole family can take part in cultural games and dances at Riverside Park, free of charge.


“There have been many new cultures immigrating to our city in the last couple of years,” explained event organizer Renee Rude of the Oct. 2 event. “By allowing the public to see each other’s culture, we gain a better understanding of what each country’s practices and traditions mean to that group.”

Building on the success of the City’s involvement in True Sport, where the City has demonstrated to newcomers our traditional Canadian games and allowed the newcomers to showcase their own native games, this event will offer a wide variety of activities.

A main stage will be set up where various cultural groups can perform their native dances and games for the public. Booths will line the Chinook Parkway, promoting the pathway and offering information about the encompassing environment. Guided tours and interpretive signs will be set up along the Swift Current Creek to help educate people about the creek and the role it plays in the culture of our community.

“We are hoping to showcase as many different cultural groups in the city as possible,” noted Rude. “Everyone is welcome and encouraged to attend. It’s important for people to come out for an event like this because we live in a community that is open and welcoming to everyone.”

She added one of the goals of this event is to promote friendship between different cultures within Swift Current. By presenting different dances and games to the community, they hope to show how culture translates into everyday life.

“Everyone in the community has a culture, whether it is through art, dance, poetry, or politics, and this event is made for the community to support each other,” she said. “Traditions are important for a culture, and we’d like to make it a tradition in Swift Current to embrace everyone, no matter where they came from.”

This is the first year that Swift Current has held Culture Days. It will be a new and fun way for people to spend their weekend as a family, participating in free events and activities for every age group, while showcasing Swift Current and the variety of cultures that make our community great. It starts at 10 a.m. and goes until about 1 p.m.

“Arts and culture are extremely important to a city,” added Rude. “This event will help shine a spotlight on all the venues the city has to offer that might otherwise have gone unnoticed.”

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