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Cooltural 2024

That's a wrap for Cooltural 2024!

Thanks for joining us at our events March 19th & 20th. See highlights @llc_torontomet (external link)  and view our recap video (external link, opens in new window) . We'll see you in 2025 - check back here for details!

Cooltural 2024 Video Recap

Event Partners

Thank you to our event collaborators, sponsors, special guests, and hosts!

Cooltural Sessions: March 19 and 20, 2024. You're Invited!

Cooltural, our event series featuring the intersection of culture, language, food and arts, returns Tuesday, March 19 and Wednesday, March 20, 2024. Through a range of immersive experiences, Cooltural brings together individuals from diverse backgrounds to engage in meaningful dialogue, cultural exchange, and celebration. All are welcome!

Tuesday, March 19, 2024

Ohén:ton Karihwatéhkwen

POD 249

Ohén:ton Karihwatéhkwen (Thanksgiving Address) by Dr. Brandon Martin will open Cooltural 2024.

Intercultural Food Tasting

POD 249

Gastronomy presentations and food tastings hosted by the Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures.

  • Introduction to Spanish Tapas by Dr. Mignette Garvida and Dr. Enriqueta Zafra with guest student from SPN 607.
  • Preparation of Arabic Coffee by Dr. Rania Ibrahim.
  • Celebration of Nowruz with Iranian Sweets by Dr. Nazanin Shahdi.

Language Tables Celebration

POD 250

A celebration of TMU's Language Tables! Join to practice conversation in Arabic, French, Mandarin Chinese and/or Spanish. This is a nonjudgemental environment to practice speaking and listening while learning about culture. All language levels welcome.

  • Arabic Chat Cafe hosted by Dana Almasri.
  • Chinese (Mandarin) Table hosted by Dr. John Edward Stowe and Dr. Elham Mirzania with CHN 201 students.
  • French Conversation Table hosted by Dr. Ndeye Ba.
  • Spanish Conversation Table hosted by Dr. Dorismel Diaz.

French for All: Conversation, Culture, and Chic Merchandise

12:15PM-1:30PM with the Intercultural Food Tasting
1:30PM-2:30PM with the Language Tables Celebration

Embrace the French spirit! Discover and purchase unique French-inspired merchandise and engage with fellow French enthusiasts. 

Short Films with Director Q&A

POD 469

Join us for a multilingual screening of two short films.

Drumming Circle

POD 250

Join in or observe a drum circle as part of our ANT 200 class (Anthropological Perspectives). The circle will be led by Alpha Rhythm Roots (external link) .

This session is made possible by a Guest Speaker Grant from the Faculty of Arts.

Music in the City

SLC 1st Floor Amphitheater

A salsa dance lesson by Sarita Leyva (external link, opens in new window)  kicks off this session. It'll be followed with a live band performance by Lady Son with Dr. Sean Bellaviti from the Department of Philosophy and Music and guest pianist Dr. Julián Zapata from the Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures.

Wednesday, March 20, 2024

Multicultural Expressions: A Talent Show with Lunch Provided by La Bella Managua

SLC 3rd Floor Sandbox

Participants will weave together threads of different cultures, languages, and literary traditions in their performances. Join us for poetry, song, and painting, followed by a lunch kindly provided by La Bella Managua.

Hosted by Ingrid and Kurt from the Language and Intercultural Relations Course Union, the talent show will feature a live painting from LIR student Tatsbita S. and performances by Faculty of Arts professors Dr. Jamin Pelkey, Dr. Julián Zapata, and Dr. Gerd Hauck. 

Bikes, Languages and Cultures with Zygg

Unfortunately postponed due to poor weather conditions.

Test ride Zygg e-bikes while conversing with the multicultural/multilingual Zygg staff. Exercise your mind and your body!

Tea Presentation

Please check back for information about a Tea Presentation to be scheduled later this year.

Accessibility Accommodations & Wayfinding

If accessibility accommodations are required to ensure full participation, please contact the department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures with as much notice as possible. 

See TMU's Campus Map for information regarding entrances, elevators, and ramps. For wayfinding support, please contact the department by March 18. 

Contact: Winnie Ho or via @llc_torontomet (external link)  by March 18.

Notice of Filming and Photography

This event series will be hosted in-person and photos and videos of attendees may be taken, shared and used by Toronto Metropolitan University (TMU).