Last night The Rooms in collaboration with the Heritage Foundation of Newfoundland and Labrador, presented an evening of stories exploring the experiences of new Canadians. Dr. Mariya Lesiv (Memorial University) asked her guests questions on their personal experiences moving from their old homes in Eastern Europe to life in Newfoundland and Labrador. This event was part of World Storytelling Day, a global celebration of the art of oral storytelling, and the first of three events celebrating East-European cultures in Newfoundland happening this week.
Thaddeus Dreher, 94 years old, was deported from Poland after World War II and lived in South America before arriving in Newfoundland in 1959.
Inna Levchuk, a freelance reporter who moved from the Ukraine to come Newfoundland to do a degree in journalism in Stephenville later moving to St. John's.
Ioana Dobre, a grade 12 student who left Romania at the age of 6 with her family, lived in New Jersey until she reached junior high and then moved to Newfoundland.
Margarita Kane, a taxi driver who moved over to Newfounland from Bulgaria.
Don't forget that there are more Newfiki events happening this week. Tomorrow night there will be a Cultural Concert night event at Cochrane Street United Church starting at 7pm and is free admission. Please use the entrance on Bannerman Street.
Newfiki Cultural Concert Night
Friday March 22 7:00-11:00pm
Cochrane Street United Church
A celebration of music, song, story, poetry, and food, allowing people to experience different aspects of culture. Participants will be from Russia, Romania, Bulgaria, Moldova, Belarus, Azerbaijan, Ukraine, Slovakia and Poland, demonstrating different aspects of their home culture.
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