NORTHUMBERLAND — All month long, residents can learn about and embrace Hispanic heritage.
In September, county council officially proclaimed the month of October as Hispanic Heritage Month.
“It is the first time in the history of our county that this recognition was granted to an ethnic group, in this case the Hispanic community, represented by the Northumberland Hispanic Cultural Club,” said the club in a recent release.
The club kicked off the month-long celebrations at the Colborne Art Gallery on Oct. 4, with the official opening of an exhibition of Latin American art, ‘Nuestra Historia.’
The art exhibition presents works by Hispanic-Canadian artists and painters and also includes photos from the publication, 150 Stories and Images of Arrival in Northumberland.
“We are here to celebrate a new chapter within the Hispanic community, we want to thank Northumberland county council for their continued support throughout the years since we started,” said Mario Pareja, president of the Northumberland Hispanic Cultural Club, in his opening speech at the exhibition.
At this time, Pareja also spoke about the donation made at the end of last year to the Red Cross to help in the aftermath of an earthquake in Mexico. An economic contribution has also been made this year to the Northumberland Horizons of Friendship’s Migrant Worker Outreach Program, he said.
The exhibition at the art gallery remains on display until Oct. 28. Also this month, county restaurants are participating in a Latin-Licious Gourmet Festival and there’s the Northumberland Hispanic Film Festival, which runs from Oct. 25 to Oct. 27 at the Loft Cinema in Cobourg.
A Hispanic Mellows Concert is set for Oct. 28 also at the Loft Cinema. More information on events is available via www.northumberlandhispanic.ca.