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Bridges that Unite

April 4, 2009 – May 3, 2009.

Museum secures Bridges that Unite in Partnership with Aga Khan Foundation Canada Major Exhibition set to open in Waterloo Region invites Participants to Explore Canada’s role on the World Stage

Kitchener, ON, March 5, 2009 – An interactive exhibition showcasing Canada’s ability to bridge the developed and the developing worlds is set to arrive in Kitchener next month as part of a cross-Canada tour.

Bridges that Unite, will be hosted at The Children’s Museum of Waterloo Region, and invites visitors to consider Canada’s role in the world through the lens of a remarkable 25-year partnership with the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN) in some of the world’s most isolated and impoverished regions.

The 6,000 square foot exhibition offers a vibrant space in which to explore some of the most pressing questions of the 21st century. Thought-provoking stories, spanning several continents, are told through powerful images, evocative soundscapes and interactive, multimedia components.

The exhibition provides an illuminating backdrop for a range of programs, including cultural performances, panel discussions and film screenings.

Aga Khan Foundation Canada (AKFC), an agency of the Aga Khan Development Network is presenting the large-scale, bilingual exhibition which began its successful cross-country journey in Victoria with tour stops in Calgary and Vancouver.

Khalil Z. Shariff, Chief Executive Officer of AKFC, explains that Bridges that Unite is an opportunity to share the experience of the past 25 years and chart a way forward for Canada and the world.

“The exhibition draws on our rich experience in the developing world to spark a conversation about what Canada and Canadians can do to ensure a more peaceful, prosperous and pluralist world. We are delighted to continue this important dialogue in Waterloo Region and we look forward to teaming up with the Children’s Museum and other key partners to present Bridges that Unite.”

David Marskell, Chief Executive Officer of The Children’s Museum, explains how cross generational and relevant this show is. “Anyone with an interest in Canada’s role in the world, from school groups to professional associations, will find the exhibition a compelling resource for education and discussion,” says Marskell.



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