Celebrating Culture

Celebrating Culture

Nova Scotia is home to a diverse community of people representing more than 100 cultures and ethnicities from all over the globe. Halifax Public Libraries is shaped by our community, and we aim to reflect the amazing traditions, experiences, accomplishments, and arts that create our shared story in Halifax. This page features a collection of reading lists, community-created content, events, virtual celebrations, and more. Check back often for new content.

Mi'kmaq History Month

October is Mi'kmaq History Month.

Wi'kipatmu'k Mi'kmawey: Honouring of the Mi'kmaw Way.

Explore events, reading lists, resources, and videos compiled and created in partnership with community.

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Culture Days

Culture Days is a national celebration of arts and culture in Canada. Free Culture Days programs across the country invite you to get hands-on and behind-the-scenes to highlight the importance of arts and culture in our communities. In 2021, Culture Days runs September 24 through October 24.

Culture Days aims to:

  • FOSTER appreciation and support of the artistic and cultural life that is lived, created and expressed across the country in urban, suburban and rural areas alike;
  • PROMOTE direct interaction between creators and the public, as a key to increasing understanding and appreciation of art and culture; and
  • AFFIRM that every citizen is the guardian of the cultural life of his, her, or their community.

We invite you to explore events, reading lists, and resources at your Library and on this portal page, celebrating Culture Days this fall, and beyond.

Celebrating Culture: Blogs & Resources

Teen Volunteer Art Feature: Theertha's Mandala

Discover how to make an amazing art piece and learn about the history of mandalas in Teen Volunteer Theertha's latest blog!

A Polish Food Library

Victoria Shulga, Polish-Canadian Society of Nova Scotia, recommends a wide variety of Polish foods you can try, or make at home.

Polish Star Craft

Learn how to make a decorative Polish Star for your home, office, or Christmas Tree, using paper.

Polish Songs

Enjoy listening to, and exploring the lyrics of, a variety of traditional Polish songs.

Polish Folk Dance

Every Polish folk dance, with its colourful regional costumes and music, is rooted in a particular region's culture and history.

"Witamy!"

Polans are very welcoming and hospitable by nature. The word "witamy" is used to welcome someone to an experience or place. Learn more.

Polish Heritage Month: A Virtual Celebration

Witamy! The vibrant Polish Nova Scotian community makes significant contributions to all parts of our province. Celebrate and learn more.

PressReader: Local and International News

Stay in touch with the news of the world. Access PressReader online—now available for at-home access.

I Am From Asia: An Art Exhibit

I Am From Asia: This virtual art exhibit will transport you to Asia through local artists' beautiful artworks and stories.

Celebrating Eid al-Adha: History, Traditions & Reading List

Staff member Rania shares the importance of this Islamic holiday and recommends reads to learn more.

NFB: Indigenous Heritage Films

These recent NFB films focus on the rich diversity of Indigenous heritage.

Indigenous Films Available Through NFB

In honour of Indigenous History Month and beyond, we share a collection of NFB Canada films created and produced by Indigenous filmmakers.

Mawita'jik Virtual Pow Wow 2021

Coordinated by the Mi’kmaw Native Friendship Centre, enjoy a virtual Pow Wow for Mawita'jik featuring performance, remarks, and dance.

Indigenous Life in Poetry and Prose

Learn about Indigenous literature and celebrate this diverse collection of Indigenous poetry.

10 Unforgettable 2SLGBTQIA+ Memoirs

It is powerful to read someone's story in their own words. From comedic, to musical, to literary, this list has something for everyone.

A Refugee's Resettlement Journey to Canada

Resettling as a refugee can be a rewarding but challenging experience. Learn about what to expect when you arrive and services available.
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