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Truro artist Joanne Hunt works on an oil painting during the inaugural EMBRACE Truro festival on Saturday. Raissa Tetanish – Truro Daily News

Bobbing her head to the music, Truro's Jamie Alcorn videotaped Thumbtack performing at the EMBRACE Truro festival.

 

"There's all kinds of great music and dancing," said Alcorn, just after the Cobequid Educational Centre musicians finished performing Stevie Wonder's Superstition in the old fire hall.

 

From racing pigeons to a live painting display, Alcorn enjoyed the variety of festival events.

 

"It's been really good," she said. "I think the festival is super. It's great to see and showcase so many of our talents and cultures."

 

While the rain put a damper on having the festival outside, more than 100 people came and went throughout the day taking in the entertainment and exhibits at the old Normal College.

 

Doing a live painting was Joanne Hunt, who recently moved back to the area after about 20 years of being away.

 

"Something like this always gets people out," said Hunt, who was participating in the festival with the Truro Art Society, as she worked on her oil painting.

 

"I like to watch something in progress, like painting or entertainment. It's more interesting than something just hanging on the wall."

 

Also featured at the old Normal College was Canada World Youth, which has 18 participants from Canada and Indonesia in town for the next three months. In addition, Denice Stephens from the Glooscap Heritage Centre worked on beaded ornaments; information about the Ignite the Spirit campaign for the new civic centre was shared; and live racing pigeon competitions were held.

 

Other entertainment included dancers from the Colchester Highland Dance Association, featuring four dancers performing Highland and Irish dances, as well as Jennifer Deyarmond, who was recently announced as the winner of the 18 to 22-year-old category in the Creative Writing Contest for Youth.

 

rtetanish@trurodaily.com

Organizations: Normal College, Cobequid Educational Centre, Truro Art Society Canada World Youth Glooscap Heritage Centre Colchester Highland Dance Association

Geographic location: Canada, Indonesia

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