This Tuesday, we're highlighting:
Festivals and Fairs
Kallpa K'oj Corner
Sponsor - Student Highlight, Raul Mamani
1. Festivals and Fairs
We're everywhere this weekend! With fairs in Vancouver AND Victoria, you'll have lots of opportunities to find us.
Sunday August 19th Victoria: Fibrations
Be sure to catch us at Fibrations This community-based celebration of all things fibre – whether it be knitting, weaving, felting, crocheting, spinning – will feature artists sharing their knowledge and enthusiasm for their craft through demonstrations, hands-on-activities and a market selling locally made fibre creations. The event goes from 10 am- 4pm.
Location: St Ann’s Academy, 835 Humboldt Street, Victoria, BC (map)
Sunday, August 19th Vancouver: Latin Summer Fest
This fun, family event put on by Latinos in Action, seeks to promote Latin culture in a one-day outdoor event in Vancouver each August, through its colourful spirit, arts, culture, and food. The morning starts with an international market and food pavilions surrounding an outdoor stage where artists dance Flamenco and play Cuban Rueda, complete with kids activity area. Last but not least, it’s entirely FREE! From 11 am- 7 pm.
Location: Trout Lake Park, Vancouver Directions
2. Kallpa K’oj Corner:
Kallpa K’oj- The term Kallpa K’oj means "to give back energy" in the indigenous language, Quechua.
Quechua weaving communities in the Peruvian Andes are often caught up in a cycle of poverty affected by geographic isolation, economic factors, and cultural discrimination. Often, youth from these communities who leave to seek out education in urban centres feel the need to leave their indigenous culture behind in order to transcend these difficult issues.
The Kallpa K’oj program works to address this dynamic by providing paths for students to connect their education with positive change and action in rural Andean Communities. Students are able to share their newfound skills with communities while gaining greater insight into their cultural heritage and developing a greater sense of belonging and empowerment.
Throughout the spring our students have been busy putting together a number of new Kallpa K’oj programs based on their unique skills and abilities. The Mosqoy team is aiming to present 3 Kallpa K’oj workshops per month. This isn’t an easy task, as many of our weaving communities are very remote, and are only accessible by foot. However, the surrounding scenery is amazing, and the rewards of reaching out to the communities are proving to be great.
Mosqoy alumni Mosqoy Alumni Yolanda, Mariela & Yuzmila taught nutrition workshops in Cancha Cancha centered around the Andean staple food; the potato. In the high altitudes of the Peruvian Andes, the potato is one of the only crops that grow in abundance! Luckily, there are many varieties of potato in Cancha Cancha, and with some know-how about food combining, the nutritional value of the potato is greatly increased. The classes were a huge success, and we’re looking forward to carrying this nutrition program on in the future.