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Brantford International Villages Festival
Begins July 3, 2013
Ends July 6, 2013
Frequency Annual
Location(s) Brantford, Ontario, Canada
Inaugurated 1974
Most recent July 2012
Website

http://www.brantfordvillages.ca/

The Villages Festival is one of the City of Brantford’s main events that draws visitors from outside the municipality while encouraging citizens of Brantford[1] and Area to participate in this unique cultural offering that instills excitement, awareness, education and civic pride. Based on community partnerships the Villages Festival helps to promote and preserve the cultural heritage of national and ethnic groups.

History

File:Dancers at the Hungarian Village.jpg

What started as a salute to the 100th anniversary of the invention of the telephone by Alexander Graham Bell in 1974 has continued as a successful Multi-Cultural Festival, now celebrating its 40th continuous year.

The original Villages that participated were the Dutch, Ukrainian, Polish, and Hungarian Villages. Since 1974 there have been many villages participating some of which were Armenian; Atlantic City Village; Canadian Pioneers; Chinese; Greek; Guyanese; Jewish; Trinidad and Tobago and theme villages hosted by The Brantford Drama Theatre; The Brantford Kinsmen Club (Ireland & New York/New York) and The Sanderson Centre for the Performing Arts (Chicago). This year many return to provide you with the diverse experiences of their culture.

Until 2002 the festival was sponsored and run by Immigration and Settlement Services of Brant.

Since 2003 members from each cultural village come together, meeting monthly throughout the year, to organize this award winning festival. The International Villages Cultural Festival Board of Directors, as well as each Village, [2] relies on the dedication and commitment of many volunteers. This year approximately 2,400 dedicated volunteers will work together, giving almost 105,000 volunteer hours, [3] to help present this culturally significant and exciting festival.

The Villages Festival is one of the City of Brantford’s main events that draws visitors from outside the municipality while encouraging citizens of Brantford and Area to participate in this unique cultural offering that instills excitement, awareness, education and civic pride. Based on community partnerships the Villages Festival helps to promote and preserve the cultural heritage of national and ethnic groups.

2013 is the 40th annual celebration of the International Villages Festival. Your Passport/Day Pass allows entry to all Villages where the exciting sights, sounds and delectable foods of various lands await you.

Charitable fundraising

File:Cultural display at the Hungarian Village..jpg

The Villages funds are kept by that particular village to help support ethnic culture.

See also

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