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December 4, 2003
39th Annual Christmas Around the World festival at Toronto City Hall Rotunda December 6 - 7
  
The Community Folk Art Council of Toronto (CFAC) and its member groups will be
bringing together more than 25 different ethnic community Christmas displays at
the 39th Annual Christmas Around the World festival at the City Hall Rotunda,
100 Queen St. W., December 6 and 7, noon - 5 p.m. Admission is free.

The city's many ethnic communities will join together to share their beloved
traditions with visitors. The countries on display will be Hungary, the Czech
Republic, Pioneer Canada, Lebanon, Ukraine, Poland, Scotland, Russia, Colombia,
Macedonia, Denmark, Barbados, Grenada, Switzerland, Portugal, Serbia, the
Philippines, Romania, Chile, Madeira and Grenada.

The sights and scents of Christmas will transform City Hall's Rotunda into an
international marketplace of Yuletide delight including: Kolachinya from
Macedonia, Ukrainian pyrizhky, Portuguese bolo rei, Filipino lumpya, Scottish
shortbread and Polish barsczc. Traditional ornaments, handicrafts, artwork and
tapestries from around the world will also be available for purchase, each
designed with Christmas in mind. Sveti Nikolai, Father Christmas, Sinterklaas
and St. Nicholas (Santa Claus' European cousins) will be on hand to entertain
the little ones and Santa Claus may even drop by to share in the fun and good
food.

CFAC is a not-for-profit, charitable organization that presents the heritage of
over 91 nationalities found in Toronto. In coalition with these member groups,
CFAC showcases international traditions through events like Global Roots,
Christmas Around the World, First Night and Taste of Toronto. The council also
brings groups from other nations to perform in Toronto, and sends its own
member groups to perform in places as far away as Taiwan. Through its
activities, the council helps to bring about a higher profile for the heritage
arts in the greater Toronto area.

For more information, please call 416-368-8743 or visit
www3.sympatico.ca/cfac.toronto.

Media contact:
Wendy Limbertie, Executive Director, CFAC, 416-368-8743,
cfac.toronto@sympatico.ca



 

 

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