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We aim to connect and integrate the 55+ South Asian and OSCC55+ communities by sharing the unique traditions of the South Asian communities through art, leisure, music, dance and drama.

Please complete a South Asian Needs Assessment to help us understand the needs and better support integration. 

The following events are open to all and admission is FREE. Call 905-576-6712 ext. 2830 or email to register. 

 Mela Celebration in the Park

This vibrant event will feature dancing, music, singing, fashion show, South Asian market place, game demonstrations and tastes of South Asian food.

Rain or shine event - if inclement weather occurs the event will be moved in the John St branch. 

Saturday, July 13, 2019, 3:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

Oshawa Memorial Park, 110 Simcoe Street South

3:00 - 3:30 Opening, Dhole, Speeches (drums, procession & speeches)
3:30 - 3:45 Bollywood Dancing
3:45 - 4:00 Bhangra
4:00 - 4:30 Karaoke
4:30 - 4:45 Indian Classical
4:45 - 5:15 Fashion show
5:15 - 5:45 Karaoke
5:45 - 6:15 Garba
6:15 - 6:30 Break
6:30 - 8:30 Ghazal Singing

 Theatre Festival (in association with RangManch Canada)

 Featuring Multilingual Plays & Epic Play: "Mirza Ghalib"

Saturday, September 21, 2019

2:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

Oshawa Little Theatre

62 Russett Ave., Oshawa

 Canada, My Choice Immigration the Journey

 Featuring immigrants and their stories of settling in Canada

Monday, September 30, 2019

5:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

John Street Branch


 Showcasing the lost art of 15th Century Story Telling in Urdu by Jawaid Danish "Dastan E Jamal E Khusrau" Narration and Qawalli.

Saturday, October 26, 2019

6:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.

John Street Branch

 Grand Mulitlingual Mushira

 Poetry Reading

Saturday, November 23, 2019

12:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.

John Street Branch

 Bollywood Karaoke

 Featuring Bollywood/Lollywood songs.

Sunday, December 22, 2019

12:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

John Street Branch

 Closing Ceremony with Art & Craft Expo

 Friday, February 7, 2020

4:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. Displays

6:30 - 8:30 p.m. Closing Ceremonies

Free admission with refreshments

John Street Branch 

 The 55+ Desi Friendship Connect Group meet at the John St Branch on the 1st Sunday and the 3rd Sunday of the month for games, Karaoke and fellowship. The group aims to facilitate seniors' empowerment through engagement, networking and sharing culture.  


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