Folkfest welcomes new Oromo pavilions

Reported by Ashley Wills

July 20, 2012, Sasktoon, Canada (cjme) — In less than a month, thousands of passports will be filled with stamps from travelling around Saskatoon.

“When you come to Folkfest it’s like visiting your neighbour, you’re going to see the diversity here in this city,” said executive director, Terry Rau.

From Ukrainian perogies to Caribbean dancing, it takes more than 5,000 volunteers to make Folkfest possible each year.

“This year our newest pavilions are the Laos and the Oromo pavilions and the Central America and Mexico pavilions,” Rau said.

Also, the global village will be making its debut. Smaller groups that don’t have established communities in the city can still gather to showcase their culture on a smaller scale.

“That’s really something unique, it’s a pilot project this year and we’re going to see how that goes,” Rau explained.

Passes cost $15 each and go on sale Monday.

Folkfest 2012 features 16 cultural pavilions on August 16, 17 and 18.

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