2024 Colouring Our Future

We are so excited to be hosting our 14th year of the One World Festival, on Wed. June 19, 2024, at the Owen Sound Farmers’ Market.

Celebrate Diversity and Inclusion in Grey Bruce at the One World Festival


This year marks the 14th annual Grey Bruce One World Festival (OWF), a celebration of diversity of culture, ability and spirit, showcasing the power we ignite when we come together for the greater good! Each year the One World Festival continues the work of building respectful relationships throughout our community and beyond, and supports inclusive communities throughout the region. “Colouring Our Future,” the 2024 theme, acknowledges the creativity and unique qualities and experiences we can each bring to shaping the tomorrow we want.

The One World Festival will take place on Wednesday June 19th from 9:30am-2:30pm at three Owen Sound landmarks- Owen Sound Farmers’ Market, Owen Sound & North Grey Union Public Library, and the Tom Thomson Art Gallery (TOM). Though the OWF focuses on school aged children, this is a free event and all ages are welcome! 

We also want to acknowledge that the One World Festival takes place on Juneteenth – the oldest-known celebration marking the end of slavery in the United States. With Owen Sound being the last stop on the Underground Railroad, we see this as another reason to celebrate and bring awareness to the power of people, ideas, and actions. 

Attendees can look forward to an incredible array of music, theater, craft, games, and stories from the people who are woven into the fabric of our beautiful region.

Highlights of the festival include:

Presenters, Performers, Speakers at the Farmers’ Market
With over 25 presenters, performers, and speakers, festival goers will be able to explore interactive exhibits and witness dynamic performances that will allow for new ways of thinking and seeing. 

Short Film Festival at the Library
Discover the power of storytelling by immersing yourself in the lives of newcomers, people with disabilities, diverse cultures, and more.

Scavenger Hunt at the Market
Take part in a diversity and inclusion focused chalk scavenger hunt run by the Owen Sound and North Grey Union Public Library.

Community Art Project at the TOM
Engage and create together in this experiential community art project!

We’re excited to kick-off our 14th annual One World Festival – ‘Coloring our Future’. ‘Colouring,’ as a verb, was specifically chosen in our theme as it invites us to be action oriented in building the future we want to have. A future that includes everyone- all ages, all colours, all backgrounds, all gifts.”
-Colleen Purdon, Grey Bruce One World Festival Committee Member

The OWF is also incredibly thankful to be supported by a generous group of sponsors and partners dedicated to nurturing diversity and inclusion in our region. Special thanks to: The City of Owen Sound, Canadian Heritage, Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario (ETFO), Welcoming Communities Grey Bruce, Grey Bruce Settlement & Language Services, Tom Thomson Art Gallery (TOM), Bruce Power, Community Living Owen Sound and District, Owen Sound & North Grey Union Public Library, Owen Sound Police Service, Grey Bruce Local Immigration Partnership, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada, Upper Canada Stretchers, and Community Foundation Grey Bruce.

The Grey Bruce One World Festival Committee is dedicated to ensuring that the One World Festival is an inclusive event accessible to all members of the community. The market building grounds, as well as the library and the TOM will be equipped with wheelchair ramps and accessible restrooms. Furthermore, a designated quiet space will be available for individuals who may need a respite from the bustling atmosphere.

For more information and updates, please visit greybruceoneworldfestival.org or follow us on Facebook at Grey Bruce One World Festival

Interested in presenting or Performing at the Festival?
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Presenters to share stories, art, food, and culture with our roughly 800 attendees that come out to enjoy the day, primarily school students and young children. Examples from last year can be found below.

If you have any question about the festival please don’t hesitate to reach out to oneworldfestival2024@gmail.com

Thanks and see you soon!

Curious about past presenters and performers?

Take a peak at 2023!