We’re all One World: say Cowichan Intercultural Society members at big festival

Visitors to the Cowichan Intercultural Society’s One World Festival on Saturday, Sept. 22 in Duncan got to experience the Valley’s diversity close up.

Brilliantly coloured national costumes and bright booths chased away the mood of a grey day as the Society arranged for the street to be closed for the day.

There were crafts of all kinds for sale, displays of artefacts, music, food, and lots more as folk of many nations turned out to celebrate the special place in which they live, and their birth countries at the same time.

Jennifer Yee Fairweather enjoys some of the delicious food available at the One World Festival on Saturday, Sept. 22. (Lexi Bainas/Citizen)
Visitors to the Cowichan Intercultural Society’s One World Festival get to learn about Germany at this booth. (Lexi Bainas/Citizen)
Learning the ancient art of origami is what it’s all about at the Japanese booth at the One World street fair. (Lexi Bainas/Citizen)
Mary Egan sings a country song to entertain the crowd at the Intercultural Society’s big event Sept. 22. (Lexi Bainas/Citizen)
The fair gives everyone a chance to chat about the various countries represented, in this case, China. (Lexi Bainas/Citizen)
With part of the road closed off, the Shadowhawk traffic team are busy making sure everyone knows where to park. (Lexi Bainas/Citizen)
There are many examples of beautiful national costumes at the One World Fair in Duncan. (Lexi Bainas/Citizen)
It’s time for a picture of this colourful display as members of the Intercultural Society celebrate diversity in the Valley. (Lexi Bainas/Citizen)
Traditional crafts are for sale at many of the booths. (Lexi Bainas/Citizen)
Wearing the well-known national dress of the Philippines, these two are ready to talk about their display of crafts. (Lexi Bainas/Citizen)
There are plenty of yarn toys for the young set at this booth at the fair. (Lexi Bainas/Citizen)

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