The Canadian Arab Friendship Association takes pride in providing a brief insight into the Andalusia Culture in Spain. This brief historical overview will shed light on the contributions of various Arab scholars and their impact on the world during that period of time. Come join us, explore more and learn more about the Arab world and civilizations in Spain.
Offering something for everyone, this year we are proud to present native Aussie tucker: kangaroo sliders with a delightful native bush tomato and pepperberry relish. AND… we will be showing off our favourite unique brand of football with a one-off Australian Rules Football exhibition match. Also, free daily clinics for the kids (and adults) to learn our great game.
- Australian Rules Football Clinic 2pm Daily
- Australian children's book reading 4pm Daily
Azerbaijan, Land of Fire, is a beautiful mixture of East and West, old and modern. Azerbaijan is one of the first countries in the world to grant women voting rights. For Azerbaijanis, tea is a must have. Yanar Dag, Burning Mountain is an impressive natural site where gas burns into flames continuously on a hillside near Baku, the capital of Azerbaijan.
- Azerbaijani Dance Daily starting at noon
We will serve traditional foods such as chicken and beef birani (traditional fried rice with chicken and beef curry), pakora and chatpoti, mango stick and watermelon. Also a henna table, handicrafts, jewelry and cultural artifacts that represent our cultural traditions and heritage.
Built in 1566, the Old Bridge of Mostar is located in the centre of the Old City of Mostar. This arch construction connects the left and right side of the Neretva River. It survived the Ottoman period, Austro-Hungarian era and Second World War. Destroyed in the Bosnian War, a new bridge was constructed in 2004 built with bricks from the original.
At our landmark pavillion with the panda arch and yellow dragon, you can experience exciting performances such as the lion dance, fan dance and Chinese traditional folk dance. Also see traditional martial arts such as tai chi and kung fu. The Great Wall display will be a representation of the unique history of the Chinese.
- Dragon Dance 1 pm, 3pm and 5 pm
- Fan & Traditional Dance 11 am and 2 pm
- Martial Arts Demonstrations Ongoing throughout the day
- Over the years we have had many themes in the Chinese Pavilion but never a focus on a mystical symbol as the legendary dragon. This year our leaders and volunteers put together a display of Nine Dragon Wall and panels to inform the public about the history of the Dragon. Our tent will be lined with Great Wall panels again with the theme of a Dragon head and tail display. There will be a real dragon boat outside on the grounds to show off the importance of the dragon in the Chinese history. We will also display our new air dragon arch in front of our three giant tents. In addition, we will have a replica of very long and famous painting created in the 12 th century in the Song dynasty, named ‘Along the River during the Qingming Festival’; it reveals the lifestyles and activities of Chinese people at all levels of the society during that period, more than 800 years ago. We will have T-shirts with the dragon symbol for the volunteers to wear and dragon theme arts for sale inside the tent. Again, we will have traditional warrior’s costume for volunteers to wear and patrol our Chinese Pavilion. Furthermore, we have traditional ethnic dresses, Monkey King costume and Panda costumes to wear and entertain the public. There will be a lot of photo opportunities. As previous years, we are again demonstrating various Martial Arts on the Chinese Pavilion stage to showcase the ancient history and style of Wushu, Kung Fu and Tai Chi. We will have some very talented students to demonstrate their classical and modern dances and music. Furthermore, there will be dragon dance and lion dances throughout the day to celebrate the dragon theme. Hear the drums and follow the beats, let’s have fun for three long days.
The hidden jewel of South America, Colombia is a magical combination of culture, history, culinary flavour and music, where diversity is embraced and kindness and joy reverberate. Come visit our arts and crafts space and then tickle your gastronomic interests at our food tent with our succulent and tender world-famous empanadas.
Enjoy our drumsticks and Kamundele (kebobs) and dance. In the Congo Basin are around 10,000 species of tropical plants and many wild animals, including mountain gorillas, chimpanzees and forest elephants. The okapi, also known as the forest or zebra giraffe, is only found in Congo. French is our official language, although Lingala and Monokutuba are also spoken here.
A warm, welcoming land, Côte d’Ivoire is recognized for its ancestral hospitality. Comprising 60 ethnic groups, there are 60 ways to say hello, to dress, to eat, to celebrate … but everywhere is the same warmth, the art of welcoming. Our gastronomy is famous in West Africa for its diversity, with offerings like the alloco, the attiéké, the kédjenou, and the seafood.
The Croatian pavilion has been participating in the Heritage Festival for over 30 years, having customers return every year just for our famous Croatian donuts! Come take a taste for yourself, along with BBQ shish kabobs, pork and lamb, while enjoying the entertainment from our local dance group and looking through our traditional items found in our display tent!
Ecuador and El Salvador come together to showcase the diverse cultures of Central and South America! Ecuador’s lands range from the Galapagos Islands to the Andes Mountains. El Salvador is the smallest and most densely populated country in Central America. Over 20 volcanoes and 300 rivers lay in the region. Come visit us and try our delicious food and drinks!
Strategically placed near the end of all pavilions is the Egyptian pavilion; the cream of the crop.
The aroma of mouth-watering Egyptian dishes can be noticed from a distance. As you are munching on your favorite food, you are welcomed through the gates that will take you into the journey through Egyptian history. Come in and enjoy the experience.
Eritrea wows visitors with its plateaus, soaring peaks and the pristine beaches of the Red Sea coast. It hosts a kaleidoscopic range of ethnic groups. It also features a superb array of archaeological sites that tell volumes of history. The cherry on top is Asmara, Eritrea’s capital and a whimsical art-deco city.
Ethiopia is an ancient country located in Northeast Africa. Home to 100 million people and over 80 ethnic groups, Ethiopia is often referred to as, ‘’the origin of coffee beans”, “the source of the Blue Nile”, “ the roof of Africa” and “13 months of sunshine.” Ethiopia has its own alphabet – one of the oldest alphabets still in use.
Come to our pavilion to have a taste of our delicious traditional French crepes, served with different toppings like our famous “Grand Marnier”/Suzette, chocolate, or red berries. This year our new additional feature will be a 2.5-metre golden steel Eiffel Tower, well known around the world.
In 1882, the first German settlers arrived in Alberta. Nearly 18 per cent of the population of Alberta, 680,000 people, are now of German descent. The German-Canadian Association of Alberta commemorated our 50th anniversary in 2017. We invite you to join us in celebrating German heritage, enjoying the Edmonton Bavarian Schuhplatters and tasting delicious bratwurst and apple strudel!
Welcome to the Hellenic pavilion! From the Bronze Age to current times, Hellas, more commonly known as Greece, has inspired and influenced many cultures around the globe. Hellas is the birthplace of democracy and the Olympic Games. Hellenic philosophers from Thales to Aristotle are the foundation for science and academia that exists today.
Come enjoy a taste of “la Cultura Maya.” Browse through the beautiful handmade Mayan textiles, or enjoy a savory treat such as our famous “Mango Locos”. There is a something for everyone to enjoy. Guatemala is in Central America, home to the famous Mayan Ruins of Tikal. It’s a vibrant, bustling country full of beauty and history. Bienvenidos…. pase adelante.
Guinea, country of western Africa, located on the Atlantic coast. Three of western Africa’s major rivers – the Gambia, the Niger, and the Senegal—rise in Guinea. Natural resources are plentiful: in addition to its hydroelectric potential, Guinea possesses a large portion of the world’s bauxitereserves and significant amounts of iron, gold,and diamonds. Nonetheless, the economy is largely based on subsistence agriculture. Guinea is bordered by Guinea-Bissau to the northwest, Senegal to the north, Mali to the northeast, Cotedivoir to the southeast, and Liberia and SierraLeone to the south. The Atlantic Ocean lies to the west. The climate of Guinea is tropical with two alternating seasons—a dry season (November through March) and a wet season (April through October). More than four-fifths of the population is Muslim.
Hong Kong is a unique meeting place for East and West, blending Chinese heritage, British colonial influences, high-tech modernity and Cantonese gusto. If offers a variety of travel experiences, from shopping, and gourmet dining, to countryside pursuits and unique cultural heritage, including a variety of religious institutions and preserved buildings like temples, monasteries and colonial structures.
Like its culture, Hungary’s food has an intriguing double identity blending Eastern mystique with the traditions of the West. Authentic dishes are not for people on a diet; however, the rich flavour, aroma and texture compensate for the higher calories. But everything isn’t soaking in pork fat and paprika! Proper proportions and new cooking methods make our food healthy and delicious.
In the India pavilion, we present a glimpse of India’s many regional folk music and dances. The audience also gets a chance to shake their legs with the famous Bollywood music along with our performers. The food stall offers mouth-watering curries, samosa, basmati rice and much more. The pavilion also includes several stalls for Indian handcrafts and clothing items.
Indonesia has participated in the Heritage Festival since 2007. Most volunteers are members the Edmonton Indonesian Community Association. Our menu features beef curry and chicken satay. We have halal meat. ‘Saman Dance’ is our featured entertainment. Some interesting facts about Indonesia are: Indonesia is the world’s largest archipelago, the world’s third-most-populous democracy, and the world’s largest Muslim-majority nation.
- Zapin Dance Saturday & Sunday 1pm & 12pm
- Piring Dance All 3 days - 1pm & 12pm & 4.30pm
Dorood! (hello in Persian), and welcome to present day Persia, with its thousands of years of rich history. The Iranian Heritage Society of Edmonton introduces you to our arts, culture, dances, the famous Persian saffron ice cream, our beef (koobideh) and chicken (joojeh) kababs in this beautiful festival. Come see us at the Iran pavilion!
Ireland is known as the Emerald Isle because of its lush greenery and rolling hills. The Celtic cross and shamrock are both associated with Ireland, but the national symbol is actually the harp. Ireland is a mystical and wonderful place to live and to visit.
- Traditional Irish Dance - Scoil Rince Mahoney School August 3 - 10 - 4
- Irish Music Darragh McManus August 3 - 5 and 6 pm
- Irish Music - Martin P. Doyle and Frank Martin Guitar and fiddle August 3 - 7 and 8 pm
- Mattierin School of Irish Dance August 4 - 10 am to 8 pm
- Knock O'Hogan School of Irish Dance August 5 - 10 am - 7 pm
Italy, home to one of the oldest civilizations of the world, has greatly contributed to art, architecture, music, philosophy, food, fashion and literature around the world. Home of the Roman Empire and a major centre of the Renaissance, culture on the Italian peninsula has flourished for centuries.
Experience a sample of Japan’s rich culture, traditions and food at the Japanese pavilion. Listen to Japanese drums or watch traditional martial arts demonstrations. Enjoy a sample of delicious Japanese food, such as karaage, or yakisoba. Browse the displays and perhaps purchase a small craft or pottery item for home.
Lapped by the Indian Ocean, straddling the equator, and with Mount Kenya rising above a magnificent landscape of forested hills, patchwork farms and wooded savanna, Kenya is a richly rewarding place to travel. The country’s dramatic geography has resulted in a great range of natural habitats, harbouring a huge variety of wildlife.
Imagine your Korea! Please come and enjoy Korean arts, crafts and entertainment and delicious Korean food will make your day even more enjoyable. You can trace the 5,000-year-old Korean history and its rich culture and trendy KPOP at a glance in Korea pavilion. Join the crowd at the Korea pavilion and feel the heat!
Liberia, a West African nation, borders the North Atlantic Ocean, and lies between Sierra Leone and Cote d’Ivoire. Liberia is Africa’s oldest republic. This year we will adding some new food to our menu and we will be looking to bring our traditional dance group as well.
- Liberian Music/cultural dance All 3 days at 12:30pm, 2pm, 4pm
Selamat Datang (Welcome) to the Malaysia Singapore pavilion. You will find many smiley faces along with great food and beverages. This is one of the longest food menus you will find in the festival. Try a fusion of Malay, Chinese and Indian staple foods. It’s an experience you will never forget and you will long to come again.
Mali, officially the Republic of Mali, is a landlocked country in West Africa, a region geologically identified with the West African Craton. Mali is the eighth-largest country in Africa, with an area of just over 1,240,000 square kilometres. The population of Mali is 18 million. capital of Mali Bamako
Mexihco derives from a portmanteau of the Nahuatl words for “moon” (metztli) and navel (xictli) meaning basically “place at the center of the moon.” The city now known as Mexico City was founded as Tenochtitlan by the Aztecs in 1325. A century later it became the dominant city-state of the Aztec Triple Alliance, composed of Tenochtitlan, Texcoco and Tlacopan.
Sain bain u? Greetings from Mongolia, the world’s least densely populated country sandwiched between Russia and China with no access to sea or ocean. Visit our miniature Ger, the traditional dwelling of Mongolia nomads, play family games with sheep ankle bones, while listening to the famous Khöömii – throat singing with horse-head fiddle orchestra. We welcome you test our buuz and khuushuur too.
Tajin, Pastilla and Harrira are some of the main dishes in Morocco. But couscous is the most popular one. Also known as mama’s dish, couscous is the meal that bring the family together. Morocco is a wondrous, eyes-open taste of the exotic, with snake charmers and conjurers, souks piled high with treasures and endless glasses of mint tea.
- Gnawa band, Moroccan dance All 3 days at 1pm 1:30pm, 3pm
- 3:30pm, 4 pm 5.30pm
The Heritage Festival is pleased to welcome Nashville – one of Edmonton’s Sister Cities! Enjoy delicious southern food and get your two stepping ready to go as Baylor Wilson takes to the stage with her bubbly Sheryl Crow-type vibe.
Nashville is known around the world as Music City. They’ve been fundamental to the development of music of all genres. From writing to recording to performing live, musicians haven’t just played music in Nashville – they’ve created it there.
Visit Edmonton’s Sister City pavilion and experience Nashville’s southern hospitality.
- Baylor Wilson - Nashville Performing Artist Daily 1pm, 3pm, 5p, 7pm
Nepal is a diverse country in terms of ethnicity, language, culture, religion and geography. The cultural heritage of Nepal has evolved over the centuries. This multi-dimensional heritage encompasses the diversities of Nepal’s ethnic tribal and social groups and it manifests in music and dance, art and craft, folklore and folktales, festivals and celebration, and of course, food.
The Netherlands, better known as Holland, is a tiny low lying country by the North Sea. It’s famous for its windmills, delta works, dikes, speed skating, tulips and wooden shoes. At our pavilion we will be sharing traditional and modern aspects of life in the Netherlands. Check out our candy store, market stalls and food trailer for some yummy Dutch treats.
The Mennonite Centre for Newcomers is a multi-pavilion centre that allows some of Edmonton’s smaller cultural groups an opportunity to participate in the Festival. Browse through the crafts and artifacts and get information about these various countries and their cultures:
Nigeria is a country in West Africa. Nigeria has more than 250 ethnic groups. Nigeria is the most populous country in Africa with more than 170 million people. The major religions in Nigeria are Christianity, Islam and traditional religions. Nigeria is frequently referred to as NAIJA amongst the youth. We are proud to bring the rhythm of Afro-beats, arts and fashion to the Heritage Festival in 2018.
A culturally rich and vibrant display of crafts, food and entertainment. Try our famous mango milkshake and best seller chicken and beef boti kababs! Other delicacies like butter chicken, channa masala, gol gappa and chaat papri are to die for. The lemon flavoured corn on the cob is a perfect snack on the go!
Peru is located in west-central South America. Lima is the country’s capital and chief commercial centre. Peru’s population is 25 million. The economy is 60 per cent agricultural, the main products being cotton, sugarcane and rice. One of the country’s greatest attractions is the Ruins of Machupichu, a historic site once ruled by the Incas.
Welcome to the Philippine pavilion and meet the friendly and cheerful Filipinos. This year we will showcase our authentic and delicious Filipino delicacies. We will also have a stage to entertain you with our cultural dances and songs. Visit our cultural arts and crafts with many displays and items for sale, which are all made in the Philippines.
- Philippine folk dances and songs August 3, 4 and 5
- Sat - 12:30, 2:30, 3:30, 4:30, 5:30
- Sun - 1:30, 3:30, 4:30
- Mon - 12:30, 2:30, 3:30, 4:30, 5:30
Come to Poland at Heritage Festival 2019! Enjoy Polish hospitality and taste our award-winning authentic Polish cuisine, described by many as true Polish soul food. While you satisfy your appetite for exceptional food, let exciting Polish music captivate you as you gaze at colourful dancers performing exuberant Polish folk dances.
The largest of the Balkan countries, Romania has dramatic mountain scenery, a coastline on the Black Sea, and is the 12th largest country in Europe, and a member of the EU and NATO. Romania is known for the forested region of Transylvania, ringed by the Carpathian Mountains. Romania preserves medieval towns, fortified churches and castles, notably Bran Castle associated with the Dracula legend.
- Romanian Folk Dance August 3 & 5 - 12:30, 1:30, 2:30, 4:30, 5:30;
- August 4 - 1:30, 2:30, 3:30, 5:30, 6:30
The Rwanda pavilion aims to showcase the Rwanda heritage and culture through the traditional dance, arts and crafts, and food (beef barbecue, samosa, banana plantain, Rwandan coffee, agashya juice and Rwandan donuts).In 1994, Rwanda experienced a brutal genocide against theTutsi people. One million perished in 100 days. Rwanda has the highest percentage of women in parliament (64 per cent).
The Scandinavian Heritage Society of Edmonton is made up of 5 Scandinavian countries: Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden. Each country has its own identity and this is shown in our culture and food. The Scandinavian Heritage Society of Edmonton has been involved in all 43 years of the EHF and have won numerous awards for our food and culture.
Sri Lanka (formerly Ceylon) is an island nation in the Indian Ocean. It’s diverse landscapes range from rainforests to arid plains, and highlands to sandy beaches. The city of Anuradhapura, Sri Lanka’s ancient capital, has many ruins dating back more than 2,000 years. There are eight world heritage sites designated by UNESCO in Sri Lanka.
The Sudanese community has been participating in the Heritage Festival since 2008. We are famous for our chicken & veggie shish kebab and falafels as well as hibiscus and karkade juice. These juices are made from hibiscus flowers, and delicious juice from Baobab tree (local name tabaldi). You will find beautiful dance performances and live music.
Taiwan is formally known as the Republic of China and is widely known as Formosa. It is about one twentieth the size of Alberta, but has a population of 23 million. The blending of native Taiwanese, mainland Chinese and aboriginal tradition cultures, produces exciting cultural customs. ETA has been involved with the Taiwan pavilion since 1979. Wish to meet you there.
- Martial arts and folk dancing Aug 3/4/5
Home to Serenegeti National Park, Tanzania is host to a wide range of wildlife, including lions, cheetahs, leopards, and warthogs. One major attraction is the wildebeest migration. Tanzania is possibly one of the oldest known continuously inhabited areas on Earth; fossil remains of human hominids have been found dating back over two million years.
The Thai pavilion gives visitors a comprehensive overview of Thailand. It’s history, culture, traditions, unique culinary delights and tourism information encourage and enhance the tourist’s experience. Throughout the festival, Thai dancing demonstrations, Thai drama story-telling together, and Thai angalong instrument demonstrations with visitor participation are featured.
- Traditional Thai Dance Daily - Every hour on the 1/2 Hour
Turkish Pavilion, with the contributions of Canadian Young Turks Foundation and
Turkish Football Club, welcomes you to explore the 4.000 years old Turkish Culture and
Discover the best of Turkish Cuisine, amazing Turkish Arts and Crafts and our special “Gobeklitepe” display. “Gobeklitepe” is the oldest temple in the World, also known as the “Zero Point in Time”.
You will experience the well-known Turkish Hospitality at the Heritage Festival.
Don’t miss it.
- Zeybek Folk Dance Sat August 3 at 2:30 pm and 4:30 pm
- Sun August 4 at 4:30 pm and 6:30 pm
- Mon August 5 @ 2:30 pm
Referred to as the “pearl of Africa” by Winston Churchill during his travels, Ugnada is known for being one of the best places to get bananas, pineapples and avocados. Ugandans have a unique rule about cutting down trees. If one is cut down, three must be planted in its place.
Ukraine the second largest country in Europe, known for its fertile agricultural land and nicknamed as the “bread basket of Europe.” It is a country filled with a very rich culture. Watch colorful Ukrainian dancing, singing and musical performances. Enjoy our cultural exhibits and relish the taste of our famous cuisine of pyrogies (varenyky), including new this year blueberry varenyky.
Venezuela is located on the northern Caribbean coast of South America. Something to eat is expected when visiting the Venezuela pavilion. Among many items, arepas, the most distinctive Venezuelan food are thick disks made of precooked cornmeal. Other exquisites are the tequeños, long small rolls filled with hot cheese.
Welcome to the Vietnam pavilion. Please come and experience the Vietnamese culture, food and people. While you watch the famous Ao Dai dance, you can taste the Vietnamese spring rolls, grilled meat, onion cake and the Vietnamese iced coffee.
- Traditional Dance August 3 at 4pm
- Traditional Dance August 4 at 5pm
- Traditional Dance August 5 at 4pm
Zimbabwe is a landlocked country in southern Africa known for its dramatic landscape and diverse wildlife, much of it within parks, reserves and safari areas. On the Zambezi River, Victoria Falls make a thundering 108m drop into narrow Batoka Gorge, where there’s white-water rafting and bungee-jumping. Downstream are Matusadona and Mana Pools national parks, home to hippos, rhinos and birdlife.