Testimonials

Message from Ed Stelmach, Premier of Alberta

Multiculturalism is an integral part of our province and of our communities. We are fortunate to live in a place with a heritage built by people of many nations and cultural backgrounds. It is our legacy and our strength, and we celebrate it in everything that we do. Enthusiasm, willingness, every step in the direction of promoting and encouraging multicultural environment should be recognized and acknowledged. As a multicultural performing arts group, ANKUR is committed to maintaining and enriching the diverse culture of our communities and is making a significant and positive impact on bringing together people of varying backgrounds. Their efforts bring understanding and appreciation of cultural diversity to our communities and ignite our lives with vibrancy. I commend their contribution to Edmonton's cultural mosaic and to the cultural heritage of Albertans.

Message from Lindsay Blackett, Minister of Culture and Community Spirit

Whether you are experiencing a Thai dance recital at a theatre in Bangkok or traditional UJcrainian folk dance here in Alberta, the perfonning arts contribute to a universal language that everyone in the world can understand. Artistic expression knows no linguistic boundaries. which is why promoting equality and a discrimination-free society through performing arts is unique and effective. I want to commend Ankur on its distinctive method for building strong and inclusive communities. see full message

Message from Stephen Mandel, Mayor of Edmonton

Watching this project blossom has been an amaziog and deligbtful experience. 'Ankur' is a Sanskrit word that means 'germination' - a fitting name for a society devoted to sowing the seeds of culture. I was honoured to inaugurate Ankur's first performances in April 2006, and since then many of its seeds have borne fruit. Ankur has hosted four multicultural nights that involved dance and music with ethnic roots reaching around the world.

This sort of arts programming works like wheat on the wind; one good gust and it spreads everywhere. More and more cultural and ethnic groups are hearing about Ankur and signing up to perform on a global stage that a proud group of Edmontonians has created from a simple truth: that all cultures deserve to be celebrated, and ours is the city to host them. see full message

What others say ...

Multiculturalism is an integral part of our province and of our communities. We are fortunate to live in a place with a heritage built by people of many nations and cultural backgrounds. It is our legacy and our strength, and we celebrate it in everything that we do. Enthusiasm, willingness, every step in the direction of promoting and encouraging multicultural environment should be recognized and acknowledged. As a multicultural performing arts group, ANKUR is committed to maintaining and enriching the diverse culture of our communities and is making a significant and positive impact on bringing together people of varying backgrounds. Their efforts bring understanding and appreciation of cultural diversity to our communities and ignite our lives with vibrancy. I commend their contribution to Edmonton's cultural mosaic and to the cultural heritage of Albertans.
Krishan C. Joshee, CM., Chairman, Wild Rose Foundation

Edmonton is indebted to ANKUR for taking the banner of the Edmonton Heritage Festival and extending it to other times of the year. Standing for excellence in the Performing Arts, it attempts to bring to Edmontonians a unique blend of multiculturalism for the ages. For what does multiculturalism stand for? For everything and more that ANKUR attempts to do. This is a group is dedicated to bringing pride in Canada to all groups through the arts and thus bridge the differences and misunderstandings which unfortunately exist between groups. The dynamism which exits among its members is incredible and admirable to behold. On behalf of our association, we wish its members success and progress in it's ambitious program..
Nicholas Spillios, Vice-President, Canadian Multicultural Education Foundation

ANKUR brings our cultural diversity to every citizen of Edmonton and will over time remove any mystery and showcase the true fabric of our larger society. Ethnocentricity can emerge from a better understanding and appreciation of the variety that exists and is so proudly ours! If our great institutions like the U of A and U of C are indeed the gateways to the world, and these institutions are already leading the way to a greater understanding through a cohesion of people, ideas and culture, then we must emulate this at a broader level to include every citizen in our communities. ANKUR hold this promise for Edmonton.
Ahamed Hussain, Rose Scientific Ltd., Canadian-Gyuanese

Attempts have been made by all levels of government, organizations and individuals to encourage and promote relationships among the various ethnic and cultural communities that constitute the multicultural fabric of Canada. Unlike the other initiatives taken by other bodies so far, Ankur seeks to establish cross-cultural respect, understanding and unity starting at the individual and group level within each community, by focusing on their common interests in the arts. This is a long-awaited initiative deserving the support of all.
Samuel Amedjo, Ghana Friendship Association of Edmonton

Understanding that diversity strengthens the society, it is a great pleasure to find dedicated, optimistic and committed multicultural performing arts group "ANKUR" in Canada building a world that includes a multiplicity of cultures, perspectives, and needs. It is imperative that we "immigrants" demonstrate a commitment to multiculturalism by approaching each other with intention, inclusion, and integrity. As a member of the Egyptian association, it is a pleasure to join ANKUR and invite our members to enjoy and positively participate in the event.
Sameh Moharram and Samar Hamdy, Egyptian Student Association

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