Tamil Canadians Commemorate 25 years in Canada

    TORONTO, July 21 /CNW/ - Throughout the month of July, the Canadian Tamil
Congress (CTC) in collaboration with various community organizations will be
hosting events commemorating the 25th anniversary of the arrival of Tamils in
Canada as a result of the anti-Tamil violence of Black July in Sri Lanka.
Between July 24 and July 29, 1983, a period referred to as Black July, Tamils
were systematically targeted with violence in Colombo and other parts of
Sri Lanka. Thousands lost their lives, homes, and sense of security. Black
July is poignant for the global Tamil diaspora and especially for Tamil
Canadians for the welcome they received in Canada as they fled the violence in
their homeland. Over the course of the July 25th weekend, the following
signature events will take place:

    Vigil: A vigil will be held in Toronto, in commemoration of the victims
of Black July. Canadian Tamils will join in solidarity to remember lost
friends and family members.

    Venue:       Albert Campbell Square, Scarborough
    Date:        Friday, July 25, 2008
    Time:        6pm-8pm

    Exhibit: The "Remembering Silenced Voices" exhibit is a must-see and
powerful collection that incorporates the work of local artists, archival
footage from international press, haunting survivor stories and inspirational
testimonials on the Tamil Canadian immigrant experience. Of particular
interest is the work of two young emerging artists, a photographer and a
painter, who have chosen to express their thoughts on Black July through their

    Venue:       ARTA Gallery, Distillery Historic District
    Date:        Saturday July 26, 2008
    Time:        10am-9pm
                 An artist's reception with poetry readings and survivor
                 stories will be held at 2:20pm

    Play: In association with Asylum Theatre Group CTC presents "What if the
Rain Fails", a play that chronicles the life of a Tamil refugee from Sri Lanka
who escaped the anti-Tamil violence in 1983 and sought refuge in Canada.
Employing testimonies, poems and multimedia, the play vividly portrays the
moral and material challenges that Tamil refugees encounter in the Diaspora.
An interesting dimension in this compelling intergenerational production, is
that some of the players, including the lead, are survivors of Black July.

    Venue:       Young Centre for the Performing Arts,
                 Distillery Historic District
    Date:        Saturday July 26, 2008
                 Performances at 1pm, 4 pm, 6 pm

    For a complete list of events, please visit http://www.blackjuly83.com

For further information:

For further information: For media inquiries contact: David
Poopalapillai, poopalapillai@gmail.com, (905) 781-7034; Manjula Selvarajah,
ms7@rogers.com, (905) 409-9473; Harini Sivalingam,
harini.sivalingam@mail.mcgill.ca, (647) 286-4698

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