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Global Fusion Youth Cultural Arts Celebration

Participants at the May 7 Global Fusion event join in solidarity to show support for Syrian youth. Selassie Drah

With summer fast approaching, the buzz is growing for what looks to be a very engaging and fun, free event in Giovanni Caboto Park, on July 21: the “Global Fusion Youth Cultural Arts Celebration.” Supported by E4C, Ogaden Somali Community of Alberta Residents (OSCAR), McCauley Community League, Edmonton Community Foundation, and City of Edmonton, the Global Fusion event is aimed at bringing young folks together to share and learn about each other through cultural arts. This event is designed as a multicultural pow wow and sharing circle where youth take center stage and participate in performances, collaborative art, workshops, and an evening concert party. Part of this buzz and anticipation has been the lead up events, including a Meet and Greet at the Carrot Café this past March 26, and, more recently, May 7 at the McCauley neighbourhood’s Studio 96 (10909 96 Street).

Sunday, May 7 showcased a wide variety of cultures varying from Gambian, Nigerian, Syrian, Hip-Hop, Laotian, Chinese, Somali, and Indigenous (Cree). There were some outstanding presentations including a moving dramatic piece by the Syrian youth, who used the opportunity to tell their story to others. The response came in the form of a prayer circle by attendees and organizers to show support and acceptance to the young refugees. Also, a young west African performer did a stunning type of dance which had the audience gasping at it’s unique contorting and beautifully flowing style. The performances were magical and the event was very well-attended. The venue was perfect for an interactive dance party when the rhythms got going. It provided stage space for full dance troupes such as the McNally Chinese Cultural Group of Lion Dancers, while being able to keep a set-up for a full band, DJ table, and PA system on the second tier of the stage area.

Another thing important to note here, is the leadership of the young people who are organizing, planning, and volunteering together with community leaders and organizations to bring these events to life. They bring a positive energy and fresh new perspective to community development, and they are welcoming and supportive to all those who approach them. They are still seeking and encouraging youth and mentors to reach out and become involved as a performing/presenting group or volunteer for this first of it’s kind event. If all this youthful activity is telling of what is to come this July 21, then we can expect a very entertaining, moving, and fun event!

The Global Fusion Youth Cultural Arts (Youth Ambassadors) can be reached at and can be followed on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram: @globalfusionyouth.

Taro is the Community Development Officer – McCauley Apartments.

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