Select Page

Surrey’s 10th Fusion Festival was a Spectacular Sight

Surrey’s 10th Fusion Festival was a Spectacular Sight

It was the 10th anniversary of the Surrey Fusion Festival which is being held at Holland Park over this weekend, July 22 and 23. The City of Surrey’s Fusion Festival is an award winning event that offers diverse cultural entertainment, live performances, international cuisine, arts and crafts from various countries and a selection of kid’s events too.

The place was just abuzz with activities and festivities. Holland Park had come alive as if the world had come together for BC’s largest multi-cultural celebration. The evening promises a musical entertainment bonanza featuring a diverse lineup of performers, including headliner Nelly Furtado and hip hop artist Classified (who we interviewed before the show!) . Also appearing are Latin pop singer Alx Veliz and local indie-rockers The Zolas as reported.

Like many Surrey events, this two-day festival was free to attend. All through the day there were many highlights! The YVR community stage presented performances by local community members including amazing costumes and dazzling dances. A Bhangra lesson offered at this stage was very popular. Crowds readily danced to the rhythm of the ‘Dhol’ (drum) and enjoyed the vibe.

The country pavilions served up delicious multicultural food and also offered a wealth of crafts. The country of Gabon from Central Africa had decorated their pavilion with colourful handicrafts and traditional dresses presented by Manties Dezigns. They offer a fusion of traditional and modern garments. “This is the first time Gabon is represented at this Fusion Festival. We love it and we only wish we could have had more sunny weather”, they laughed.

The kids enjoyed stories, face paintings, balloons, puppets and more endless delights in the Canada150 zone. The festival attracted people of all ages. John from the ‘Downtown Surrey Business Improvement Association’ was present at their kids stall helping at the art and craft tables.“I attend the festival every is always very lively, a great brings the community together” he said adding that he loved trying out all the food. Another volunteer Tanishq for the City of Surrey was also helping at one of the kids stall and said he was excited to be there as it was his first time volunteering.

The ‘Welcome Ceremony and Parade of Culture’ started from the SFU celebration stage. The bagpipers signalled the start of a diversity march throughout the park including all the country delegates from each Pavilion proudly representing their flags and customs and traditions. It was a spectacular sight.

About The Author

Asmita Lawrence

Asmita has been blogging for several years about food security, travels, faith, arts and culture. She enjoys community reporting to participate in the local conversation. She founded ‘Culture Chats’ promoting social connections through shared interests in literary and other arts. Asmita has over ten years’ experience in marketing and communications. Her professional interests include business strategy and relations, research and community development. Her family and two little ones are the center of her world.


Recent Posts

Surrey events calendar: October 23rd – October 31st

Published 10/23/2017 in Surrey604 Magazine

Surrey events calendar:
October 23rd – October 31st

Halloween Activities
Sibling Rivals Halloween Ripper
Join us at Ocean Park Hall on October 28th for the best Halloween Party in the ‘hood!

Legion of Sound is proud to present for a special Halloween Ripper one of the peninsula’s own notorious bands – The Sibling Rivals, featuring White Rock legends Jim and Rice… read more ❯

Meet Surrey Girl, Kristy Powers

Published 10/21/2017 in Surrey604 Magazine

Photographer & Co- Owner of The Local Space
Grew up in: Guildford | I love SO many things about this city! As an adult I’ve lived in the Clayton/ Cloverdale area for the last decade, but growing up, Guilford was… read more ❯

Women Economic Forum-British Columbia Canada 2017 16th -19th November 2017 in Surrey, BC

Published 10/21/2017 in Surrey604 Magazine

The WEF is happening in Surrey from November 16th -19th November 2017 in conjunction with the Vancouver International South Asian Film Festival: “Women Leading New Global Thinking & Change”

Women… read more ❯

Western Canada’s Only Immersive Men’s Grooming Lounge Calls Vancouver Home

Published 10/20/2017 in Surrey604 Magazine

Western Canada’s only immersive men’s grooming Regal Grooming Lounge has found its home in the historic Vancouver Heritage District. A one-stop shop destination for the stylish man, Regal’s roster of services includes traditional specialty services such as hot towel shaves, fresh cuts, shoe shines, beard trimming and shaping, line-ups, and fades, as well as eyebrow shaping, sports… read more ❯

Who’s Up For A Surrey City Award This Year? We Have The Scoop!

Published 10/20/2017 in Surrey604 Magazine

Reg Natarajan, Whalley, City Awards, Surrey, Taslim Jaffer

image credit: Reg Natarajan
As Surrey residents, you know that there is a lot to boast about our beautiful city – and a large part of our pride rests on our business and community leaders. In an evening of recognition, the Surrey City Awards program will honour finalists and winners from 7 major categories who each contribute to our progressive and dynamic corner of the world. We are excited to… read more ❯

Recent Videos


Recent Tweets