Renison’s 25th annual One Sky Festival will start with a roar on Saturday, September 21, 2019, as it kicks off with the colourful Japanese lion dance shishi mai. The lion chases away evil spirits and, when it bites the head of Renison President, Dr. Wendy L. Fletcher, it indicates good luck for the school year.The One Sky Festival is an annual event celebrating Arabic, Chinese, Japanese, and Korean cultures. The event runs from 11am until 2pm and includes activities and performances taking place throughout Renison.
“Renison’s motto is sed coelom solum, or ‘one sky over all,’” explained Renison President Dr. Wendy Fletcher. “Renison has been committed from its earliest days, to tending the project of communication and understanding across linguistic and cultural differences. This annual festival celebrates this through the coming together of many different cultures, languages and ways of life under one roof, or one sky. As we experience each other through language, food, music, dance and art, our cultures become the bridge across which we walk to encounter each other in new and life changing ways.”
The One Sky Festival is a family-friendly free event. In addition to performances in Renison’s atrium, there will be a variety of booths to explore with food samples and cultural activities. Highlights include cultural performances, traditional garment try-on area, calligraphy lessons, face painting, and much more.
For more details, visit the One Sky Festival event page.