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Grand Pré National Historic Site's Landscape Festival a celebration of cultures


Three days of music, tradition, and education took place at the Grand Pré National Historic Site over the past weekend for the Landscape Festival.

Free to all visitors, the site was open all weekend and guides were giving detailed tours in both English and French. The event also delved into the culture of our land’s original residents and aimed to bridge the past and the future seamlessly.

It was a full day of action at the Grand Pré National Historic Site on July 20, with food being served by the Lions Club all day and activities for children peppered throughout the afternoon. Those who couldn’t handle the constant heat were welcomed inside the information centre to learn more about the history of the Grand Pré National Historic Site and try their hand at rock painting.

Singer Emma Stevens performed her rendition of “Black Bird” by the Beatles translated into Mi’kmaq. The song began as a school project and has turned into an international sensation. Stevens says the song took a long time to translate, but she’s been thrilled by all the attention it has gotten.

Saturday concluded with a panel discussion with four guests that discussed the role the site has played in educating the public and creating an understanding between cultures and generations. Other activities, such as traditional Acadian dances and peace circles, gave the festival a very inclusive aura.

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