FirstOntario PAC and Niagara Folk Arts Multicultural Centre Put Virtual Spotlight on Niagara’s Ethnocultural Groups

Free Virtual Online Event This Sunday 18 October at  7 P.M.

A News Release from the FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre and the Niagara Folk Arts Multicultural Centre present

Posted October 15th, 2020 on Niagara At Large

Niagara, Ontario – The FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre (PAC) and Niagara Folk Arts Multicultural Centre (NFAMC) are pleased to announce a new virtual project intended to put a spotlight on local newcomer entrepreneurs as well as established ethnocultural groups working to share their cultural knowledge and welcome the newcomer community.

The event will be hosted virtually by NFAMC Executive Director Emily Kovacs and PAC Executive Director Colleen Smith on Sunday 18 October @ 7pm.

This initiative has been developed in both organization’s mutual aim to amplify the voices of our community and to take actions toward a better world free from oppression, discrimination and racism. Spotlight on Niagara’s Immigrant Community is a great opportunity to learn more about Niagara’s Immigrant community.

“We are delighted and energized to be partnering with the amazing team at the FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre to highlight and amplify the great social, economic and cultural contributions and impact newcomers have on this region, and the country now and for generations past and future,” says Emily Kovacs, Executive Director of Niagara Folk Arts Multicultural Centre.

“Taking the time to learn from the accomplishments of well-established ethnocultural groups as well as highlighting new establishments through various forms of art and performances are a few ways we can show our appreciation and continue to learn from one another, and we hope you join us!”

Featured businesses include Musa’s Final Touch Barbershop, Taco Embassy, Sultan’s Mediterranean Grill, Trinity Capital and Taibah Restaurant. Featured ethnocultural groups include Niagara Multi-Folk-Arts Song and Dance Ensemble, PK Hummingbird, SOFIFRAN, Ukrainian Congress and LINCA.

“The PAC is proud to continue our work with Folk Arts to promote meaningful cross-cultural offerings in our community,” says PAC’s Executive Director Colleen Smith. “As a newcomer to Niagara myself, I look forward to learning more about a few of the ethnocultural groups and newcomer businesses here in Niagara.”

Spotlight on Niagara’s Immigrant Community, oldcomers and newcomers alike will be presented on Sunday 18 October at 7pm and will be available on the PAC’s YouTube and Facebook pages. The PAC gratefully acknowledges the filming and production support by Jay Ashcroft of Ashcroft Media and the funding support through the Canada Council for the Arts Digital Originals program.




Thank you to our sponsors Vineland Estates Winery and Brock University!

About the FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre – The FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre is a 95,000 square foot cultural complex comprised of four state-of-the-art performance venues that host a signature presentation of international and local performing artists. Designed by Diamond Schmitt Architects, the FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre plays a vital role in the renaissance of downtown St. Catharines, serving as the catalyst in modernizing the area and reinforcing the brilliance of Niagara region’s diverse cultural cluster.

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