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'Legacies' Photo Exhibition initiates week-long La Francophonie festival
March 19, 2014, 2:37 pm

The Canadian Embassy in association with the National Council for Culture, Arts & Letters (NCCAL) launched a photo-exhibition titled 'Legacies' at the Ahmad Al Adwani Exhibition Hall, on Sunday, 16 March.

The exhibition, which highlights the linguistic and cultural diversity of Canada was inaugurated by the Canadian ambassador to Kuwait, His Excellency Douglas George along with Ali Al Youha, Secretary General of NCCAL. Speaking on the occasion Ambassador George said, “Canada’s involvement in La Francophonie reflects our country’s linguistic duality, the importance Canadians attach to the values shared by the members of the Francophonie, and to their support for international cooperation.”

Saying that the 'Legacies' exhibition symbolizes the important principles of multiculturalism, women’s rights and good governance, the ambassador noted, “Our main objective as a member of La Francophonie is to promote democratic, cultural, and economic values, which are directly represented in this photo exhibit.”

Welcoming visitors to the photo exhibition, which would continue until 19 March, the ambassador extended everyone an invitation to attend some of the other activities being held to mark La Francophonie Festival. These included a photography exhibition, starting on March 20 at the Radisson Blu Hotel, hosted by the Ambassador of Switzerland, and an international French Film Festival at the Cinemascape Laila Theatre from the 23rd to 27th March, during which films from France, Egypt and Morocco would be screened.

'Legacies' is a portrait photo exhibition by Dr. Gina Valle, a renowned Canadian diversity trainer, speaker and author. The focus of her exhibition is the strength of women immigrants to Canada, who overcame obstacles of war, poverty and immigration barriers to become outstanding role models for their granddaughters.

The exhibition's multi-cultural mosaic of portraits display women immigrants from diverse countries, including, among others, from Afghanistan, India, China, Haiti, Hungary and Greece. In addition to showcasing the multi-cultural diversity of Canada, the poignancy of each portrait is further emphasized by special messages from the Canadian granddaughters of those pictured, along with a translation of the message in the grandmother’s native language.

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