Celebrate Brampton’s Italian, Portuguese and Filipino communities for Heritage Month

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Published May 26, 2023 at 4:04 pm

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The City is paying tribute to three communities that make up part of Brampton’s cultural mosaic for Heritage Month.

This June marks a trio of celebrations for Italian Heritage Month, Portuguese Heritage Month and Filipino Heritage Month, and the City will be paying tribute to them all with live entertainment and traditional cuisine.

The celebrations begin on June 2 with the Lusofonia Festival in Gage Park for Portuguese Heritage Month featuring a weekend of music, kid-friendly entertainment and activities, food and a handicraft fair.

The festival runs until June 4, and there will also be a community flag-raising in honour of Portuguese Heritage Month on June 3. Visit www.brampton.ca/portugueseheritagemonth for full event details.

Then on June 11, the City will join with the Brampton Filipino Seniors Club, Federation of Filipino Canadians in Brampton, Knights of Rizal and Alliance of Ladies of the Knights of Rizal to celebrate Filipino Heritage Month.

The flag of the Philippines will be raised in honour of Philippine Independence Day followed by live entertainment and free traditional cuisine, and residents are encouraged to take part in the festivities. For more information visit www.brampton.ca/filipinoheritagemonth.

And finally, on June 17 the City will honour Italian Heritage Month with a community flag-raising and reception at Brampton City Hall. You can learn more by visiting www.brampton.ca/italianheritagemonth.

“Join us throughout the month of June as we honour and celebrate those cultures that contribute to the unique mosaic that is our community,” said Mayor Patrick Brown in a statement. “With traditional food and music, there is something for everyone and so many opportunities to learn. I look forward to seeing you at the events throughout.”

Here’s the full line-up of Heritage Month events in Brampton:

Portuguese Heritage Month Celebrations

Lusofonia Festival, June 2 – 4 at Gage Park

Community Flag Raising, June 3 at 12:00 p.m. in Ken Whillans Square

Filipino Heritage Month Celebrations

Community Flag Raising, June 11 at 10:30 a.m. in Ken Whillans Square

Reception, June 11 at 11:00 a.m. at Brampton City Hall

Italian Heritage Month

Community Flag Raising,  June 17 at 2:00 p.m. in Ken Whillans Square.

Reception, June 17 at 2:30 p.m. at Brampton City Hall

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