Saskatoon's Folk Fest celebrates 35th anniversary with 4 new pavilions
New pavilions include Mesopotamian, Russian Matryoshka, Ghana and Sierra Leone pavilions
Folk Fest is celebrating its 35th anniversary of bringing the world to Saskatoon.
Pastor Sabah Kamora, with the Mesopotamian pavilion, said he hopes it will be an opportunity for everyone to learn more about Iraqi Christians, in Saskatoon.
"To show the people, we are Chaldean, we are from Iraq and we are a Christian people," he said.
"They brought a special costume, like a bear costume," she said. "You know, like everyone, when they think about Russia, it's a bear and vodka of course. It will be special entertainment and the bear will go around and entertain people and talk."
In Saskatoon, there are just ten families from Sierra Leone. But they are making their presence known through the launch of their new pavilion this year.
"We have to be proud of our country, because the Canadian government opened the door for us to come here," said Nancy Williams, one of the pavilion's ambassadors. "And we really appreciate from the Canadian government to bring us here as immigrants, so let them know that we are here as Sierra Leoneons."
The 19-pavilion festival begins today and wraps up Saturday.