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.

September is Polish Heritage Month

Thanks to a proclamation by the Nova Scotia House of Assembly in 2020, every September moving forward will now have this designation to recognize and celebrate the rich history of Polish Nova Scotian contributions to the province’s cultural mosaic.

From early immigrants to Cape Breton in the first two decades of the twentieth century, through refugees of two world wars, war brides, and emigres fleeing communism, to a multitude of professionals, labourers, academics, and artists who have come from the lands of Poland to make a new homeland in Canada, the small but vibrant Polish Nova Scotian community has been making and continues to make significant contributions in all parts of this province.

Explore content and videos below throughout the month of September 2021, created in partnership with the Polish Heritage Society of Nova Scotia.

Polish Heritage Month Resources & Reads

Celebrating Culture: Blogs & Resources

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.

Cultural Bridges Through Poetry (Asian Heritage)

Enjoy selected poems from diverse voices across Asia, including "migrated woman, a grown toddler." written by staff member, Mahboubeh.

Teen Volunteer Art Feature: Theertha's "Clarity"

By Teen Blogger, Theertha | Learn how to make an amazing art piece on female empowerment by using acrylic paint on canvas.

KPop, Won't Stop: An Appreciation Post

The KPop industry has taken the art of performance to a whole new level, captivating audiences around the world. Join in—Shelby shares how.

Asian Heritage E-Books on hoopla

Instantly borrow Own Voices e-books for all ages by authors of Asian descent, on hoopla.

Asian Heritage Movies on hoopla

Free with your library card, stream from a collection of movies in celebration of Asian Heritage Month.

My Summer with the Pyramids

Travel back in time with Teen Blogger, Hana, as we explore the pyramids of Egypt.

Movies and Shows on DVD to Celebrate Asian Heritage Month

Immerse yourself in these films and television series featuring actors of Asian descent and settings in many of Asia's beautiful countries.
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