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Speaker event at PWNHC with Inuit artist Angus Cockney to celebrate the completion of sculptural collection Ataa! Soona Luna?

Speaker event at PWNHC with Inuit artist Angus Cockney to celebrate the completion of sculptural collection Ataa! Soona Luna?

Join the Prince of Wales Northern Heritage Centre (PWNHC) for a speaker event celebrating the completion of this important sculptural collection by renowned Inuit artist Angus Cockney (the Icewalker).

Through art, Ataa! Soona Luna? (Listen! What Moon?) interprets the Inuit stories of the year’s 12 moons as handed down from the Icewalker’s great-great-grandfather to his grandfather to the artist himself. Through this personal presentation about his journey translating these meaningful stories into physical sculptures, Cockney will share the importance of oral history in preserving Indigenous culture through the generations.

Two sculptures by the Icewalker will be on display during the event.

Date: Thursday, September 22, 2022

Time: Doors open at 7 pm, speaker starts at 7:15 pm

Location: Prince of Wales Northern Heritage Centre Auditorium

Tea and bannock will be available in the café after the event.

This event is free of charge.


For media requests, please contact:

Briony Grabke

Manager, Public Affairs and Communications

Department of Education, Culture and Employment

Government of the Northwest Territories

867-767-9352  Ext. 71073

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N. Korean military prepares for joint military-civilian events to celebrate Chuseok

North Korean soldiers in Sakju County, North Pyongan Province covid-19 facilities
North Korean soldiers in Sakju County, North Pyongan Province covid-19 facilities
FILE PHOTO: North Korean soldiers are seen in Sakju County, North Pyongan Province. (Daily NK)

The North Korean military is currently preparing for joint military-civil activities in which family members of fallen soldiers can take part in grave tending and memorial services around Chuseok (Korean Thanksgiving).

“The political departments in each military unit received orders from the General Political Bureau of the Korean People’s Army [KPA] on Aug. 20 to take charge of organizing joint activities around this coming Chuseok for the family members of soldiers killed in action,” a source in the North Korean military told Daily NK on Tuesday.

According to the source, family members of soldiers who died in the line of duty over the past few years have not been able to personally visit the units of the deceased or even attend their funerals because of COVID-19 measures that restricted travel around the country.

The source explained that COVID-19 measures prevented travel documents from being issued except in extraordinary circumstances. As a result, the only consideration shown to parents of deceased soldiers was notifying them of their children’s death.

Leading up to Chuseok, the KPA General Political Bureau informed political departments at military units that joint events were being organized to comfort family members who had not been allowed to visit the graves of their relatives over the past three years because it is the responsibility of the state and the Workers’ Party to look after the family members of fallen soldiers.

These Chuseok plans appear aimed at restoring military-civilian relations — which grew estranged during the COVID-19 lockdown — as well as assuaging public dissatisfaction and instilling positive feelings for the public in the military.

In line with the General Political Bureau’s orders, the political departments at each military unit have selected one or two dozen members to represent the families of soldiers who have died in the line of duty over the past few years and asked those individuals and members of local party committees for their help.

Local party committees are reportedly working with security organizations to issue travel documents and authorization numbers in advance.

However, the General Political Bureau has only ordered that these joint events be held at units stationed in the interior of the country, excluding units on the border with China and on the front with South Korea.

Some bereaved family members have responded bitterly to the news of these joint events, the source said.

“The families of numerous deceased soldiers weren’t even allowed to attend their funerals during the pandemic, and now that victory over the pandemic has been declared, they think it’s unfair that only a few representatives will be allowed to take part in the grave tending and memorial services at the military units,” he explained. 

Some soldiers have also bemoaned the fact that joining the army basically means a permanent separation from their families, considering that soldiers are not even sent back home after death.

Most soldiers who die while in the service are buried on hills near their unit. It is uncommon for those soldiers to later be buried elsewhere because it is taboo in North Korea to move the graves of unmarried individuals who pass away before their parents do.

Soldiers complain that no one will perform the traditional rituals if they die because they will be buried near their unit instead of being sent back to their families, the source said.

“The Ministry of Defense and the Emergency Anti-epidemic Command have emphasized that anti-pandemic measures must be strictly followed in the grave tending and memorial services that are being held as joint military-civilian events for Chuseok,” the source said.

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CII lines up host of events to celebrate Madras Day

CII lines up host of events to celebrate Madras Day

The Confederation of Indian Industry (CII)-Chennai zone is organising a host of events commemorating Madras Day, an official said on Saturday.

The CII, along with Greater Chennai Corporation, police, and other departments, are holding the events today and on Sunday on the eve of Madras Day observed on August 22 every year.

The idea is to create pride among the people in Chennai. The city is a colourful combination of the old world and new. From its culture, architecture, beaches, industries, Chennai is a true metropolis, said CII Chennai zone chairman J Murugavel.

August 22 is celebrated to commemorate the founding of the city of Madras (now Chennai). It was on this day in 1639 that the purchase of Madrasapatnam was made by the East India Company, thus setting the ball rolling in the making of a renowned city that it is today. Year 2022 marks the 383rd anniversary of Chennai, said CII.

“Chennai Nights, a cultural extravaganza, has been organised as part of the celebrations. The highlight is the presence of more than 20 different food stalls, among others,” he said in a press release.

The CII has organised a platform to showcase various products created by self-help groups, and farmer produce organisations during the two-day event that would be held at the Elliott’s Beach, the release added.

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‘Enchanting’ event in Barrie will celebrate birth of Krishna

'Enchanting' event in Barrie will celebrate birth of Krishna

Aug. 21 event at Kiwanis Pavilion along the city’s lakeshore will include food, music and more

A local organization is getting ready to hold its second annual Shree Krishna Janmashtami Celebration in Barrie

ISKCON Barrie will host the event Aug. 21 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Kiwanis Pavilion, near the Southshore Centre.

“Janmashtami is the birth anniversary of Lord Krishna and is observed all over the world as the Festival of Joy,” ISKCON Barrie explained in a news release. “By this celebration in Barrie, we will be able to enchant the local Barrie crowd at the waterfront. The highlights of the event will be swinging the cradles of Baby Krishna, bhakti yoga, mantra meditation, ecstatic live music, dance performances, book distribution, and serving free vegetarian meals during the celebration.”

All proceeds from the event will go toward ISKCON Barrie’s “many areas of responsibility in the year to come.”

The organization educates children through lessons on morality and discipline through bhakti yoga and other art forms. It also runs a monthly Food 4 Life initiative to provide food to international students and, during the pandemic, has donated meals monthly to the local women’s shelter.

It also hosts monthly “Sanga” events to raise awareness about traditional Vedic culture and serves a free vegetarian feast to the public.

Plans for the upcoming year include classes for children and adults focusing on a variety of topics, including marriage, parenting, language and music.

More information about ISKCON Barrie can be found on its Facebook page.

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Indian Consulate in New York, IAAC host specially-curated cultural, artistic events to celebrate 75 years of India’s independence

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Specially-curated cultural and artistic events, including a concert headlined by Sarod maestro Ustad Amjad Ali Khan and a photo exhibition by celebrated photographer Steve McCurry will commemorate India’s 75th independence Day celebrations here, showcasing to the Americans and the diaspora the nation’s “progress as a vibrant democracy.” The Consulate General of India in New York along with the Indo-American Arts Council (IAAC) is organising the ‘Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav – Festival of Freedom’.

The two-week long specially-curated events at some of the most iconic cultural venues in New York City feature photography, dance, music and India’s classical culture in the run-up to 75 years of India’s independence on August 15 this year. The Consul General of India in New York, Randhir Jaiswal, said as India marks 75 years of independence, “it will truly be a historic day in our nation’s onward march.” He added that the ‘Festival of India@75′ will celebrate India’s landmark year in the city of New York and is featuring the finest exponents of Indian performing arts.

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“It is only fitting that the best of Indian thought and culture is brought to New York – the cultural capital of America,” he noted.The celebration aims to bring the “best of Indian thought and culture to our friends in America and through them showcase the progress of our nation as a vibrant democracy,” the Indian Consulate said in a statement issued on Monday.

IAAC Chairman Dr. Nirmal Mattoo said the organisation is proud and honoured to mark the occasion of 75 years of Indian Independence with the remarkable series of events celebrating Indian art and culture.“Curated with care, this line-up boosts an ambitious goal: to truly immerse audiences into a vibrant and diverse culture with limitless potential to inspire all citizens of the world,” he said in a statement issued by the IAAC. The grand finale of the ‘Festival of India@75′ on August 15 will feature Khan along with Sarod virtuosos Amaan Ali Bangash, Ayaan Ali Bangash and tabla players Amit Kavthekar and Ojas Adhiya for a ‘Samaagam’, an ensemble that will present the essence of both Indian and Western traditions seamlessly flowing into each other without artistic compromise.

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In ‘Samaagam’, 12 different ragas are presented, creating a unique opportunity to experience joyous music and shared traditions.The concert, featuring renowned Conductor Lidiya Yankovskaya and the Refugee Orchestra, will be held at the Carnegie Hall and would “present a synthesis of musical traditions motivated by Mahatma Gandhi’s principles of truth, non-violence and peace.” The festival began on August 5 with a photo exhibition at the Sundaram Tagore Gallery here by McCurry, who has captured India in all its beauty and mystique for over four decades.

McCurry, among whose most famous work is the portrait of the ‘Afghan Girl’, has visited India over 80 times, but in his own words, he has “barely managed to scratch the surface”.On August 6 and 7, breathtaking performances in Indian dances enthralled audiences at the Ailey Citigroup Theatre as talented exponents of various Indian dance forms such as Sanjib Bhattacharya and Jagannath Lairenjam (Sapta, Manipuri-Pung Cholom), Kavya Ganesh (Contemporary Bharatanatyam), Bhavana Reddy (Solo Kuchipudi), Jin Won (Kathak) and Mythili Prakash (Contemporary Bharatanatyam) brought together the richness of Indian dance forms to the audience in New York.

On August 8, the Erasing Borders Dance Festival, a virtual programme of Indian classical as well as contemporary dances was broadcast online. A two-night jazz music event headlined by Sachal Vasandani and Friends featuring Grammy-nominated singer Priya Darshini performing music from a spellbinding collection of arts from East and West will be held on August 11 and 12.

IAAC said Vasandani honours Nat King Cole’s centennial in 2019, while borrowing from his Indian heritage along with Darshini, a captivating singer whose work takes cues from her Indian Classical music roots.Joined by a stellar cast that includes bassist Harish Raghavan (Charles Lloyd), Grammy-nominated pianist Orrin Evans, saxophonist Dayna Stephens and drummer Kush Abadey, the special event will also feature jazz singer Vanisha Gould. Renowned vocalist Kaushiki Chakraborty, the star from Patiala Gharana, and her all-female Sakhi ensemble will present a concert at Carnegie Hall on August 13.

“The Sakhi ensemble is an exemplary group of talented Indian artists that brings together voice, instruments, percussion, and dance representing the Indian woman of the 21st century, who is modern yet rooted,” the Consulate said.The penultimate night of the celebration will belong to ‘Saath Saath’ on August 14, an ensemble featuring flute maestro Rakesh Chaurasia, Sitar maestro Purbayan Chatterjee, master percussionist Taufiq Qureshi and Tabla player Ojas Adhiya.

The Consulate said that the ‘Saath-Saath’ ensemble brings the “spontaneity and improvisation within the discipline of Indian classical music that only they can produce.” The fortnight-long festival is part of Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav celebrations that began on March 12, 2021 when Prime Minister Narendra Modi flagged off a march from Sabarmati to Dandi in remembrance of Mahatma Gandhi’s Dandi March on the same day in 1930.Since then, the Consulate General of India has organised over 200 events under the aegis of Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav within its jurisdiction with the valuable support and participation the vibrant diaspora community.

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Celebrate A&W Burgers to Beat MS Day – GlobalNews Events

Celebrate A&W Burgers to Beat MS Day - GlobalNews Events

Satisfy your tastebuds and support a great cause! On Thursday, August 18, join A&W Canada in celebrating Burgers to Beat MS Day, where $2 from every Teen Burger® sold will be donated to the MS Society of Canada. Getting involved has never been easier! Show your support and purchase a Teen Burger at your local A&W restaurant or order through a third-party delivery partner to enjoy your meal anywhere. Celebrate virtually by posting on social media using #BurgersToBeatMS and tagging @AWCanada and @MSSocietyCanada. Where A&W locations across Canada. Visit to find a restaurant near you.  Order for delivery through A&W’s third-party delivery partners: Uber Eats, DoorDash and SkipTheDishes at participating locations. Support virtually and help us rid the world of MS by snapping a photo of any M’s or S’s you see and cover the letters with burger emojis! For every post on social media that tags @awcanada, A&W will donate $2 to the MS Society, up to a total of $40,000.

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Celebrate Pride Week at events across the North Shore

Celebrate Pride Week at events across the North Shore

North Shore Pride Alliance is hosting Pride-positive book readings and drag duels

Folks of all stripes are being welcomed to come together in celebration of Pride Week across the North Shore.

This week is filled with events that celebrate the LGBTQIA2S+ community, and remind the general public of ongoing inequities facing queer individuals.

Celebrations include flag raisings, drag duels and the annual Pride at the Pier bash.

On Monday, District of West Vancouver held a Pride Flag-raising ceremony at its Municipal Hall. The City of North Vancouver hosted its own ceremony, which included raising the Pride Flag, Transgender Flag and Bisexual Flag in Civic Plaza as well as lighting up City Hall in Pride colours.

Over the past year, we’ve seen the rights of LGBTQAI2S+ people attacked, questioned and clawed back, North Van city Mayor Linda Buchanan said in a statement.

“That’s why the city is proud to support Pride Week,” she said. “Pride is a celebration and protest. We are animating public spaces and supporting events across the community because we are a city for all people.”

On Wednesday at noon, drag story time and crafts can be viewed on the North Shore Pride Alliance’s YouTube channel.

Wildeye Brewery in North Van will host Duelling Pianos and Duelling Drag Thursday at 7:30 p.m. The alliance is also hosting Thursday evening’s screening of Hairspray at The Polygon Gallery at 7 p.m.

On Friday, there’ll be pride-themed story time via North Vancouver City Library’s YouTube channel with readings and crafts from local drag legend Conni Smudge (Chris Bolton). Smudge will also be at the library on Saturday to read pride-positive stories.

Head to The Shipyards near Lonsdale Quay after 5 p.m. Friday for Pride at the Pier, featuring DJ music, drag performances and an eight-foot-tall Pride-inspired sand sculpture created by artist Craig Mutch.

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Salisbury combines Community Resource Fair, National Night Out events to celebrate community, neighborhood partnerships

Salisbury combines Community Resource Fair, National Night Out events to celebrate community, neighborhood partnerships

SALISBURY, N.C. (WBTV) – Salisbury will celebrate local community agencies, neighborhoods and law enforcement partnerships at a combined Back-to-School Community Resource Fair and National Night Out event, Tuesday, Aug. 2, beginning at 6 p.m. at Bell Tower Green Park.

Each summer and winter the Community Resource Fair brings together local agencies specializing in health, addiction, education and family support in one place to help local families as students head back to school. Information on senior services is available also. As in previous years, students will receive backpacks with a selection of school supplies. Children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Backpacks will be provided while supplies last.

Founded in 1984 by the National Association of Town Watch, National Night Out is an annual campaign that promotes police-community partnerships and builds neighborhood camaraderie. The nighttime event, typically held on the first Tuesday in August, also increases awareness of local law enforcement programs such as neighborhood watch and anti-crime initiatives.

“The Community Resource Fair and National Night Out are two of our community’s most popular, signature events of the year,” said Salisbury City Manager Jim Greene. “The timing and camaraderie of both events make sense to combine them as one, with a more efficient use of staff resources. We’re looking forward to this one-stop occasion for providing much-needed resources and safety information to Salisbury and Rowan County residents.”

This year, the Salisbury City Council meeting will be held on the same date, however, at an earlier 3 p.m. start time so Council members can join in the information sharing after the meeting. The Human Relations Council, an official city commission focused on inclusion, acceptance and appreciation, is a lead partner in this bi-annual event.

Participants attending evening activities are encouraged to post photographs on social media platforms using the hashtag #SalisburyNightOut.

For more information, please contact Anne Little, Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at, or call (704) 638-5218.

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HP to celebrate 75 years of existence with grand events

HP to celebrate 75 years of existence with grand events

Himachal chief minister Jai Ram Thakur said these events would be presided over by him and various Union ministers

Himachal chief minister Jai Ram Thakur on Saturday presided over a meeting of high-powered committee to celebrate the 75 years of existence of the state by organising as many events.

Thakur said these events would be presided over by him and various Union ministers. He said the message must be clear that everyone in the state has made their contribution in development and progress in the last 75 years.

“Events should not be a ceremonial ones, but should create a sense of contact with each and every person of the state,” he said, adding that a special event would also be held to honour the achievers of HP in different fields.

The CM said the main focus would be on highlighting the achievements, policies and programmes of the state government, for which various departments must provide their promotional IEC material and brochures.

Thakur said that efforts should also be made to rope in the local and national-level artists along with cultural troupes to entertain the people and highlight the glorious journey of the state through music.

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