Every year, the residents of St. James Town and the St. James Town Service Providers’ Network (SJTSPN) together host a Festival to celebrate and promote diversity in SJT. This year the festival was celebrated on the 7th of September.
With several safety related incidents in the past one year, including the fire at 650 Parliament that displaced residents of an entire building, residents this year celebrated the festival with the underlying theme ‘Stronger Together and Resilient’.
Cabbagetown and St. James Town partnered together for joint community festivals on Saturday September 7th. While the St. James Town’s festival was from 1-6 pm, while Cabbagetown continued its tradition of having the festival over both Saturday and Sunday. This gave residents of both communities who share several aspects of their daily life an opportunity to come together and celebrate the annual gathering.
This year despite having the two festivals together, SJT festival attracted bigger than usual crowd. Thanks to various performers at the festival, the environment indeed festive and exhilarating. There were performances from about 10 resident performers including kids, seniors, youth.
The festival also had several food vendors who provided residents a taste of cuisine from across the globe. Apart from the food vendor, there were arts and crafts vendors, and several other activities and games like bouncy castle. henna, face painting etc.
Several organisations and service providers who operate in St. James Town had their booths set up so that residents could connect with the services that they require.
Stay tuned for the next issue of ‘From The Corner’ for more on the festival.