Brandon hosts city-wide cultural mosaic

Dakota Nation Winterfest and the Westman Multicultural Festival attracted thousands to the Keystone Centre and cultural pavilions spread across the city last week.

Thousands of Brandon area residents caught a glimpse of the cultures of Canada and the world with a pair of events last weekend.

The 16th annual Westman Multicultural Festival took place at venues located throughout the city Thursday through Saturday. The festival hosted 10 pavilions representing cultures from countries and communities including England, Honduras, India, Jamaica, Métis, Philippines, Mexico, Scotland, Ukraine and Mauritius.

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Each location drew hundreds of patrons by hosting traditional music, dance, food and other cultural exhibits.

Meanwhile, the 2019 Dakota Nation Winterfest, hosted by the Sioux Valley Dakota Nation, took over the Keystone Centre Thursday through Sunday. The 47th version of the gathering hosted a plethora of events featuring Indigenous sports and cultural exhibitions and competitions.

Besides hockey, basketball and volleyball tournaments for athletes of all ages, the Winterfest included a Pow Wow, a square dance competition, a talent show and moccasin games.

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