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‘Culturama’ to serve up smorgasbord of talent


Following a successful comeback after a four-year absence last year, the Rainy Lake Multicultural Association is planning Culturama again this summer during “Fun in the Sun” celebrations.

Slated for June 30 at the Memorial Sport Centre, co-organizer Bev Kotnik said the event once again will be a one-day affair.

“It allows us to give two complete sessions for entertainment so it works out well,” she noted. “It was well-received. For the small committee that organized it, we were very successful.”

All about the sights and sounds of different cultures, Kotnik--along with Sig Mosley and Linda Rajala--have planned a diverse lineup of performers.

“One day before July 1, we thought it would be impossible to get entertainment. But working with the Winnipeg Folk Arts Council, we got some,” she noted.

Performers include “Licantay,” a Latin American folk music act, the Irish group “Ard-Ri,” the “Rozmai” Ukrainian dance troupe, Filipino dancers, and another unconfirmed act.

The Fort Frances Highlanders also will be on hand, and other performers may be signed up before June 30.

For the children, African drum expert Jay Stoller will give them a chance to learn to play some traditional drums while medieval jester “Squire Lawrie” will keep them guessing with some sleight-of-hand tricks and other fun activities.

“It’s possible they’ll stay over for the parade--the kids really loved them,” noted Mosley.

And what would Culturama be without some international eats.

“We’re getting some food lined up now, too,” said Mosley, listing Scandinavian cookies and coffee, Scottish trifle, pizza, and Chinese cooking as some of the fare being offered.

There also will be a bar.

The event will start at 12:30 p.m., with the second session starting at 7 p.m. The cost of admission will be announced at a later date.

Drawing about 1,200 to the arena last year, Mosley said she hopes to match that success this time around.

“I hope they enjoy it. These groups are new to us but we want something different than last year,” she said. “We want a little variety.”

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