Summer is almost here and you know what that means, Burlington: festivals galore.
And there’s two.
A pair of events are planned for Saturday, May 5 to celebrate spring and Burlington’s twin cities, Apeldoorn, The Netherlands and Itabashi, Japan.
The annual celebration of Canada Netherlands Friendship Day will recognize the 73rd anniversary of the liberation of the Netherlands by the Canadian Armed Forces and the 13th anniversary of the City of Burlington’s twinning with the City of Apeldoorn.
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It’s taking place from 11 a.m. to noon at City Hall, Civic Square and will feature: Alexander’s Public School concert band; Raising of the Canadian and Dutch flags; greetings from Mayor Rick Goldring, Consul General Anne Le Guellec, Elizabeth Witmer, former Deputy Premier of Ontario; a special poem dedicated to Apeldoorn by Dan Murray; Apeldoorn and Burlington student artwork display.
Then it’ll be cherry blossom time.
The Sakura Festival will celebrate the Japanese flower at the Burlington Art Centre from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.
The free event will offer: a Japanese Taiko drum demonstration; Kiri Koto instrument performance; Japanese Okihawan vocal and sanshin performance by Chura; traditional Japanese dancing by Suzuran Odori; Japanese Yosakoi dancing by Sakuramai Toronto; martial arts demonstrations by Shudokan Family Karate.
“We are truly fortunate to have formed strong friendships with our twin cities of Apeldoorn, Netherlands and Itabashi, Japan,” said Mayor Rick Goldring.
“Our bond enables us to experience and discover each other’s culture in a variety of ways.”
Burlington’s mundialization committee works to connect Burlington to the world through events and initiatives and to promote the city as ‘a world community’ dedicated to the United Nations philosophy of peaceful co-operation among the peoples of the world and encourage community understanding of different cultures global issues.
Will you be going to the festivals?