International Tea House announces cultural entertainment

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The participants have been announced for the next International Tea House, set for Saturday 7-9 p.m., at the Jack Blanchard Family Centre, Pond Street, Charlottetown.

Organized by the P.E.I. International Friendship Association, Nancy Clement will be emceeing this program, which will begin with a step dance by Samantha MacKinnon. There will also be a traditional Lebanese dance by Amy Amierah and her group and a Canadian musical performance presented by Rosemary and Kenny MacDonald

The Popular Dance star Academy group, Sophie, Kristina, Sadie, Grace and Samantha, will entertain the audience with a couple of dances.

In addition to an educational presentation by Calvin Mercado, Chris Marlon Perera and group will present Sri Lankan traditional songs, and a Latin dance group, Yolanda Reboledo, Mabel Hernandez and Laura Jimena, will perform. This week's tea house will also feature a flute music performance by Nancy Clement.

Indian food, Indian and Chinese Arts and craft display will be available.

Over the years, the tea house has attracted the best of multicultural talents from different ethno cultural groups and provided Islanders with great opportunities to learn the value of the province's cultural diversity. Organized in an unstructured setting, participants have always enjoyed multicultural presentations, music and dance from different countries, ethnic food and arts and crafts from around the world.

Uniquely designed by the P.E.I. International Friendship Association, the tea house is mandated to develop a sense of community between all cultural groups through the shared experience of live presentations, experience sharing and meeting with immigrants and newcomers from different countries. In promoting a friendship relationship, tea houses offer newcomers an opportunity to make and maintain key interpersonal relationships, perhaps the most essential ingredient for successful settlement and the retention of immigrants on P.E.I.

"Tea house events are of equal value to Islanders as newcomers in that they promote greater understanding, tolerance and appreciation of the diverse cultural, religious and social backgrounds of all people living on P.E.I.," says a release about this week's presentation.

All are welcome to come and celebrate the cultural mosaic of Prince Edward Island with family and friends, through music, dance, ethnic food, educational presentations, arts and crafts and friendship from all over the world. For more information, call Ratna Rajapaksa at 902-314-5772.

Organizations: International Tea House, P.E.I. International Friendship Association, Jack Blanchard Family Centre Indian and Chinese Arts

Geographic location: Pond Street, Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island

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