One spirit, many expressions – St. Luke’s Burlington is one of the chief organizers of the city celebration of diversity

Hollis Hiscock

Rains may have forced an abrupt ending to the day, but rains could not dampen the spirits of those who attended the second annual One Burlington Festival.

The Festival brought together hundreds of people from multifaith, multicultural communities and traditions to celebrate diversity in a circle of equality, harmony and understanding.

Groups shared information, cultures shared food, community partners shared their specific interests, children laughed and played together —  all adding to the overall success of the event held in Central Park Burlington, and everything was free. 

Celebrating faith and culture as one is the primary goals of One Burlington Festival.

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One of the chief organizers, St. Luke’s Burlington was front and centre offering sweets for people to enjoy. Photos: Hollis Hiscock
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Ember gets her Festival passport stamped at the Halton Islamic Association booth. The passport included information about various world religions, as well as the Green Rule depicted by a tree showing how different religions relate to creation, “Do unto the Earth as you would have it do unto you.” Photos: Hollis Hiscock
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Emily Rose from Moose Factory performed the hoop dance to the beat of the drums. A dancer since age three, she was one of many groups and individuals who provided entertainment during the August 6th festival. Photos: Hollis Hiscock
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Acting Sergeant Stu Macdonald congratulated Adam after he presented the young cyclist with a free helmet from Halton Regional Police. Photo: Hollis Hiscock
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Food from many cultures and traditions was offered as a gift for people to sample and taste.
Photos: Hollis Hiscock
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Booths circling Central Park lawn in Burlington enabled the crowds to circulate and enjoy the 2018 One Burlington Festival. Photos: Hollis Hiscock