FESTIVAL OF INDIA 2013 HERALDED A HUGE SUCCESS
OTTAWA – September 24, 2013 – Festival of India organizers would like
to take this opportunity to thank the two hundred plus volunteers and every sponsor
who made this event possible, as well as the 6000 attendees who came out to show
their support and partake in all things Indian at the festival.
The 3 day event featured musical and dance acts from all over Canada. As well, there
were over 40 workshops to choose from, featuring everything from yoga, to lessons
in Bollywood dancing. Over 22 vendors also delighted patrons with their wares, selling
everything from Indian jewellery to handicrafts. And there was an abundance of Indian
food to choose from, satisfying even the most finickiest of eaters.
The festival is becoming something people look forward to each summer in Ottawa
and is attracting a wide array of people.
The President of Festival of India, Bala, is grateful for the support and attention
the festival is attracting from the community, including from Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson:
“The three day event, opened by Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson, was a great success, thanks
to the diverse programming, perfect weather and wonderful performances by various
dance and music troupes. Some of the dancers who thrilled the crowd were as young
as eight years old. The food was a massive hit with the crowds who loved the tasty
treats, from many regions of India. It was prepared on site by dedicated and talented
Mayor Jim Watson says he was glad he was able to attend: “I am delighted to lend
my moral support to this premier Festival shining the spotlight on local and international
artists of Indian heritage, in addition to showcasing the diversity of languages,
cultures and traditions of India through classical folk, fusion and modern dance,
song and music performances.”
The event would not have been possible without the help of sponsors and donors;
they are the ones who ensure events like Festival of India are possible.
Festival organizers are already preparing for next year’s event which will take
place on August 8th, 9th and 10th, 2014 at Ottawa City Hall.
For more information on this year’s highlights and a list of sponsors, donors, performers,
community partners, etc. please refer to the backgrounder.
We look forward to seeing you at next year’s event.
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