6 televised episodes beginning Sept 4 — music, art & culture from near and far

Article by Bill Hornbostel: images supplied

Above image: Roxana and Fabian Belmonte

This year’s Northumberland Diversity Festival (formerly the Northumberland Multicultural Festival) is promoting music, art, and culture from around the world and around Northumberland County, all in a COVID-safe way.

This year’s festival will feature a series of thirty-minute televised episodes on Global Peterborough and Cogeco YourTV. “We are filming six episodes of the festival in the outdoors throughout the county using landmarks and also in very cool spaces provided by the community,” says Emilio Ojeda, Event Director for the Northumberland Hispanic Cultural Club (NHCC).

Crystal “Beany” John

“It is a great opportunity to not only show diversity but showcase also landmarks around Northumberland County,” adds Ojeda. “It shows local talent and shows how diverse we are inclusive we are as a county.”

The televised production is a partnership between the NHCC and Northumberland County. “We use the great structure that the county has and the experience that the club has in promoting events,” says Ojeda. The NHCC has held not only the Multicultural Festival but also Northumberland Hispanic Heritage Festival for the last several years.

Cobourg musician David Newland will host the six episodes, which will include, flamenco, Highland dance, as well as Irish and English traditional music duo Saskia Tomkins and Steafan Hannigan, the Smoke Trail Drum and Dance Group, the Firelights Belly Dance Troupe, and Thelma Dillon of the Northumberland Multicultural Dance Troupe, tango dancers Roxana and Fabian Belmonte, and Indigenous hoop dancer Crystal “Beany” John.

“We have so much that it’s hard to keep up!” jokes Ojeda.

Episodes will begin to air on Global Peterborough on September 4, and Cogeco’s YourTV at a date to be determined. For more information about the Northumberland Diversity Festival 2021, you may visit their web page, northumberlandhispanic.ca/northumberland-diversity-2021.html, and follow them on Facebook (@NorthumberlanddiversityFestival).

For more information about the Northumberland Hispanic Cultural Club, you may visit their website, https://www.northumberlandhispanic.ca/, or follow them on Facebook (@northumberlandhispanic) or Instagram (@northumberlandhispanic).