What’s New for August 2015
The Pan Am Games have taken over the University of Toronto St. George campus and the University of Toronto Scarborough. The countdown is now on to the Parapan Am Games starting August 7. The University of Toronto will be home to several Games’ events at both the Scarborough (UTSC) and Downtown Toronto (St. George) campuses. See detailed information about all upcoming competitions hosted at U of T.
As we prepare for the beginning of the new academic year and welcome students back to campus, the ARCDO would like to highlight some of the many festivals and activities available to keep us busy until September. Make sure to check out the list below. The summer is definitely not over yet!
August 9th is the International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples!
In 1994, the United Nations declared August 9th the International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples.
The date marks the day of the first meeting, in 1982, of the UN Working Group on Indigenous Populations of the Sub commission on the Promotion and Protection of Human Rights.
The theme for 2015 is: “Post 2015 Agenda: Ensuring Indigenous Peoples’ health and well-being”. As the date approaches, let us reflect on the work that has yet to be done to further advance the issue of indigenous peoples’ access to health care services, as improving indigenous peoples’ health remains a critical challenge.
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July 30 – Aug 9, Harbourfront Centre: Planet IndigenUS. 300 artists. 10 days. A global exploration of contemporary Indigenous civilizations. Since 2004, Planet IndigenUS has been raising public awareness, breaking stereotypes and fostering a cross-cultural dialogue between Canadians. Enjoy music, art, food and ideas from First Nations communities across Canada and Indigenous peoples around the world.
July 11 – Aug 15, Various Locations: Panamania. It is the 35-day arts and culture festival to enrich the TORONTO 2015 Pan Am/Parapan Am Games experience. PANAMANIA will showcase the diverse cultures and artistic excellence of Ontario, Canada and the Americas through music, theatre, dance, visual arts and fashion.
Aug 7 – Aug 9, Danforth Ave (from Broadview to Jones): Taste of the Danforth. This is one of Toronto’s signature events, showcasing the best of Hellenic food, culture, and music our multicultural city has to offer – from souvlaki to mezes, authentic Green music to interactive children’s games!
Aug 14 – Aug 16, Harbourfront Centre: Habari Africa. This festival is a multi-disciplinary music and arts celebration. Learn about the rich and diverse cultures spanning the African continent at this weekend-long exploration of art, food, film, music and more.
Aug 20 – Aug 23, Habourfront Centre: Tirgan. This festival is the world’s largest Iranian arts and culture festival. It brings together artists from around the globe to showcase the richness and diversity of Iranian culture through a mosaic of world-class talent. The theme for 2015 is “Homeland”.
Aug 28 – Aug 30, Harbourfront Centre: TAIWANfest. Featuring tantalizing cooking demonstrations and musical performances by some of the top acts in Taiwan. Learn about the island where a world of food and culture meets.
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