The annual DiverseCity Festival will take place this year in a different form thn usual. Circumstances have challenged organizers to be creative in how they go about celebrating diversity, multiculturalism, inclusion, and promoting anti-racism on PEI. This year the DiverseCity Festival will take a hybrid approach by creating limited live performances as well as a broadcast series.
There are now five Island communities who will take part in the DiverseCity Festival. The City of Charlottetown, the Municipality of Three Rivers, and the Town of Alberton are joined by the Région Évangéline and the City of Summerside.
A small live show will take place in each community—subject to operational plan approval by the Chief Public Health Officer—between late June and late July. Each of these five shows will be filmed and combined with other performances during the summer presented as a multi-part broadcast to be aired on Eastlink Community TV and streamed online this September.
The DiverseCity Festival also has a newly created Advisory Board to support its planning and ensure wide community connections and engagement. Representation at this Board includes: the Mi’kmaq Confederacy of PEI; the Native Council of PEI; the Black Cultural Society of PEI; the Chinese-Canadian, Indo-Canadian, Kerala, Lebanese, and Vietnamese Associations; the Coopérative d’intégration francophone; Iranian and Filipino community representatives; and the PEI Community Navigators.
“Our approach will allow Islanders to see and hear DiverseCity in these communities, and the broadcasts and streaming will offer a taste of PEI diversity to a wider audience,” says festival manager Mark Carr-Rollitt. “We’ve assembled a dynamic team to put the Festival together with representation from Canada, Russia, Dominican Republic, Philippines, Nigeria, and Zimbabwe along with my Italian/Argentinian heritage.”
The DiverseCity Festival is a project of the PEI Association for Newcomers to Canada.