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Montreal Families

Festival celebrates multiculturalism

For families with an interest in discovering different cultures, the Orientalys Festival is a free, four-day celebration of Eastern culture with many hands-on activities for all ages.

The festival invites visitors to walk through an Oriental medina (the word for the non-European-inspired part of a North African town) and discover the old souks, or Arab marketplaces found in cities such as Damascus, Casablanca and Baghdad. There will be stands featuring handicrafts, music and cuisine from 15 different countries as diverse as Tunisia, India and Japan.

Families can learn about different cultures through the music, dance and visual arts shows, taking place on several stages, that highlight both traditional and modern rituals, folklore and urban arts.

At this event, children can try on clothing from the Middle East, Asia and North Africa and participate in a number of workshops in music and dance, calligraphy, and arts and crafts.  Food samples and henna tattooing will also be available.

The festival takes place from July 23 to 26, at the Jacques Cartier Pier in the Old Port. Admission is free.

For more information, visit festivalorientalys.com

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