Swift Current residents of all different backgrounds and cultures gathered for the first of many celebrations at Kinetic Park.  

The Frontier Fall Fair hosted a Culture Extravaganza, part of the month-long Culture Days event on Saturday.  

Kicking off at 10 a.m., the day featured a variety of activities including (but not limited to) medicine bag making with the Art Gallery of Swift Current, henna tattoos with the Southwest Newcomer Welcome Centre, and Every Child Matters bracelet & felt shirt beading hosted by the Chinook Regional Library. 

taneshea francis with the art galleryTaneshea Francis with the Art Gallery of Swift Current - Photo by Kash Knight

Community Recreation Coordinator for the City of Swift Current, Krista Caswell, said overall the day was a success. 

“It was so great to get together with all of our community partners and just celebrate the diversity of our wonderful community,” she said. "And to have the opportunity to have those moments with the community to come learn about our different cultures that we do have in Swift Current.” 

henna tattooingChinook Regional Library Henna Tattoos - Photo by Kash Knight

Along with the different booths and interactive activities in the Stockade, there was also an entertainment stage that was sponsored by the Great Plains College. 

The stage held Ukrainian songs performed by Daryna Shten, multiple Truth and Reconciliation Storytimes and a Bollywood Show by Karima Essa.  

Ukrainian songs_Daryna ShtenDaryna Shten performing Ukrainian songs - Photo by Kash Knight

“With the entertainment stage, there was really something for everyone to enjoy and to capture from the Culture Days,” Caswell said. 

She added that without the college’s sponsorship, the stage would have been extremely difficult to put together, and thanked them for their support. 

Culture Days is a provincial-wide initiative as a way to celebrate and appreciate everyone and their backgrounds. 

“We have a full month of different activities happening with Culture Days,” she concluded. “I think people just need to head to swiftcurrent.ca/culture days to capture some more activities within our community.”