International culture on display in Castlegar

The Castlegar Refugee Project held its International Culture Festival on Monday at the Castlegar Complex and raised $650.

The event featured dozens of booths where families and students shared their culture, including foods, art and dress. There were also performances throughout the day.

Combined with the $1,350 raised through the International Talent Showcase on Friday, the Castlegar Refugee Project (CaRE) raised $2,000 over the weekend to help support another refugee family coming to Castlegar.

CaRE is currently looking for recruits for a new committee and found some interested individuals at the festival.

Anyone interested in being part of the committee should contact Rosemary Manarin at or Elizabeth Huether at

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Hartot Kaur, a Selkirk student from India, painted henna tattoos to raise money for the Castlegar Refugee Project at the International Culture Festival on Monday. (Chelsea Novak/Castlegar News)

Joan McKenzie from the Neighbourhood Grans2Grans greeted festival goers and explained what Grans2Grans does: the organization raises money for the Stephen Lewis Foundation to support African grandmothers raising grandchildren who have been orphaned by AIDS. The group McKenzie is part of operates out of Trail but welcomes members from the greater area. (Chelsea Novak/Castlegar News)

Gera Al Hanafy (right) and her daughters Zakeea and Jennah wrote out people’s names in Arabic and helped women try on hijabs. (Chelsea Novak/Castlegar News)

There was entertainment throughout the day, including a dance by these two young women. (Chelsea Novak/Castlegar News)

A family from the Philippines shared their culture and food with festival goers. (Chelsea Novak/Castlegar News)

Lulu Prong Lomelin shared her Mexican food and culture and had a photo booth set up to raise money for the Castlegar Refugee Project. (Chelsea Novak/Castlegar News)

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