“Cultural Transcendence through the Universal Language of Music” was the theme explored during the 2nd annual International Women’s Day banquet hosted by IDI-Ottawa.
The evening saw a gathering of more 135 women and men alike from diverse cultural backgrounds. To celebrate diversity, each table was presented with two appetizer dishes from either Afghanistan, Azerbaijan, China, India, Croatia or Turkey. The evening’s theme was eloquently delivered by the keynote speaker, Anna Hoefnagels, professor from the Department of Music at Carleton University. The central idea discussed was how music can be used as tool for women empowerment by transcending societal barriers that are stigmatized and challenged by women in the international community. The theme was also showcased by spectacular performances from the National Capital Region Croatian Folklore Ensemble and a Guzheng soloist from the Kanata Chinese Seniors Support Centre; both groups passionately expressed their culture through their respective traditional songs and music. The event also dedicated the Chrysalis House, a women’s shelter in Western Ottawa. Citizenship & Immigration Canada also contributed to the success of the event by being a generous sponsor.
The second well-executed International Women’s Day celebration promises to continue to be an annual celebration for IDI-Ottawa.
Information about last year’s celebration.