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 year..it is always very lively, a great buzz..it 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.