This past weekend Sarnia experienced its annual Artwalk. For 14 years, this festival has been celebrating the development of culture in the city. With last year’s Artwalk bringing in over 25,000 people, this year was sure to have been another success.
Many artists displayed their artwork in a gallery-like environment, whether it be culinary, visual, or craft arts, for the public to observe. It gave the artists a chance to interact more with the public and to share their experiences with the art.
Multicultural Village, another part of Artwalk, involves local groups of First Nations, Sikh, Chinese, East Indian, Latino, and Greek people to share their cultures through food, art, and entertainment. Live performances such as First Nation Dancers, Irish Dancers, and the Maraca Stilt Drumming Troupe, were enjoyed by the public.
Along with Artwalk, an environmental festival was also held. The purpose of the festival is to promote healthy living and environmental awareness to the community and to make it a part of daily lifestyles.
With the city being reminded of the various cultures on an annual basis, Sarnia will continue to gain more knowledge and understand the cultures of its fellow residents. Let’s hope that next year’s Artwalk will be just as fun, if not more, and entertaining as well as an educational experience.