Celebration melds cultural heritages

Cultural heritages are colliding for a fun family event this weekend.

The sixth annual Robbie Burns and Chinese New Year Celebration is being held at the Bowen Park Auditorium Saturday  (Feb. 2) 4-7 p.m.

Organizers Lloyd and Swan MacIlquham celebrate the cultural diversity of their upbringing and invite others in the community to enjoy the fun.

Swan immigrated to Canada when she married her Scottish husband Lloyd. She said in a press release that she loves celebrating her culture and sharing it with others.

The event features a unique fusion of Chinese and Scottish cuisine, with favourites such as haggis wonton and neeps and tatties spring rolls.

Brigadoon Dance Academy will perform Scottish Highland dances with piper Bill Poppy. Other entertainers include Selena Yu and Chinese folk dancing by Shu Zeng and The Flowers of Nanaimo. It also includes a calligraphy demonstration by Lin Wei and singing by the Vancouver Island University Chinese Art Union.

Tickets are $20/$10 for children ages six-11 and children under six are free. Please call 250-729-9948, e-mail xnh@cicblog.com or go to the Nanaimo Art Gallery’s downtown location for tickets.

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