IFFA 2018 event

Cold Lake Mayor Craig Copeland and his wife posed in Indian garb at the IFFA 2018 Cold Lake event on Saturday Sept. 15, 2018 at the 4 Wing Theatre. Photo by Christopher King

Cold Lake Mayor Craig Copeland and his wife posed in Indian garb at the IFFA 2018 Cold Lake event on Saturday Sept. 15, 2018 at the 4 Wing Theatre.
Photo by Christopher King

CHRISTOPHER KING

Last weekend 4 Wing was one of the 2018 India Film Festival of Alberta (IFFA) sites, celebrating culture in a “uniquely Canadian way” according to the Wing Commander, Colonel Paul Doyle.

The festival tours across the province and celebrated Indian culture, which is renowned for its ancient history of arts.

The event was setup inside the 4 Wing theatre. At the entrance, hosts of the event were tying saris (worn across many parts of India) on women, and turbans (normally worn by initiated sikhs) on men.

Sheila Gaudet, resident of Cold Lake, said she was invited by a friend who works on the base, and thought she would check it out. Gaudet, who has never been to India, tried on a sari for the first time ever.

“It felt like a hug,” Gaudet said. “I walked around in it and it felt very comfortable. It felt warm.”

Beyond the entrance were tables with namkeen (Indian savoury snacks), mehendi (decorative henna used to make temporary tattoos), arts and crafts for sale, and the Cold Lake Public Library setup a reading corner with dozens of books of south Asian origin.

To officially open the event, Col Doyle, Cold Lake Mayor Craig Campbell, and MP Fort McMurray-Cold Lake David Yurdiga took part in a ribbon cutting.

“It’s a good afternoon for a movie and it’s a great evening for a movie,” Col Doyle said. “It’s a great privilege to be here and to be able to provide support to what I think is a
uniquely Canadian thing that we do, celebrating cultures, the opportunity for us to get together and to learn a little bit, is something that is extremely important to do as a country and as individuals.

”The event wrapped up with two movies and a dinner.