Celebrate diversity with the city of Brampton at these upcoming events

 

Mayor Patrick Brown and councillors from the city of Brampton are inviting residents to celebrate the city’s diversity at a series of events in the upcoming weeks. 

Throughout January and February, residents of Brampton will be able to learn more about Tamil heritage, celebrate Chinese New Year as well as recognize the contributions of Black Canadians within the community.

January is recognized as Tamil Heritage Month in Brampton and is meant to celebrate the contributions of Tamil Canadians. 

On Friday, January 24 from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m., Brampton residents will be able to learn about the community's history and culture in the City Hall Atrium, sample traditional cuisine, enjoy live performances and join the community in raising the Tamil Heritage Month flag.

This year, Bramptonians will be able to celebrate the Lunar New Year and the Chinese Year of the Rat at Brampton City Hall on Sunday, January 26 from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. in the City Hall Atrium. 

This lively celebration will include iconic dragon and lion dances, calligraphy artists and refreshments. 

February is recognized nationwide as Black History Month, which honours the legacy and continues contributions of Black Canadians.

Two events will take place in February in celebration of Brampton’s Black African and Caribbean communities.

A flag-raising ceremony will kick off the month on Saturday, February 1 at 2:00 p.m. in Ken Whillans Square and end with the Beat of Black History Month event on Friday, February 28 at City Hall.

This closing event will feature a marketplace with food and retail vendors from 12:00 to 8:00 p.m. in the Conservatory, and a ceremony including song, dance and spoken word performances at 6:00 p.m. in the Atrium. 

Artists and vendors interested in participating in the Black History Month event are invited to apply to by January 30, 2020. 

"Brampton is a Mosaic, and City Council is proud to celebrate our community's incredible diversity. On behalf of Council, we hope residents from all cultural backgrounds will join us to learn more about Tamil heritage and culture, celebrate Chinese New Year and recognize the contributions of our Black African and Caribbean communities at these exciting upcoming events," said Mayor Patrick Brown.

These events are part of Brampton's Community Recognition Program, which is a series of cultural celebrations that Brampton hosts throughout the year to honour Brampton's diversity. They are also a great opportunity for residents to learn about other cultures and get to know the many communities that make up the city.

For more information on these and other city events, click here.

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