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Excitement Builds for Fifth Annual Surrey Fusion Festival

July 18, 2012

The City of Surrey in collaboration with Coast Capital Savings is holding BC’s largest multicultural celebration, Surrey Fusion Festival, commencing this weekend (July 21st & 22nd 2012) at Holland Park. Last year’s event was a tremendous success with over 90,000 people in attendance.

 

“I am excited to celebrate the fifth year of Fusion Festival. Once again, Holland Park will be transformed into a multicultural community celebration with cultural pavilions, food and live entertainment that will showcase Surrey’s spirit and diversity,” said Surrey Mayor Dianne Watts.

 

Headlining on Saturday night will be two- time JUNO Award winner Hawksley Workman, who has enjoyed radio success in Europe and Canada with singles such as "Striptease" and "Your Beauty must be Rubbing Off on Me”. Hawksley has performed at prestigious venues such as Massey Hall in Toronto and The Olympia in Paris and opened for heroes Morrissey, David Bowie, and The Cure.

 

Closing the event on Sunday will be multiple Grammy award winning American Chicano rock band Los Lobos. The band is famous for their singles "Will The Wolf Survive," "Come On, Let's Go," and particularly the Ritchie Valens cover "La Bamba." Through the 1980's and early 1990's the band toured extensively throughout the world, opening for such acts as Bob Dylan, U2 and the Grateful Dead.

 

“Each year’s Fusion Festival brings together international and local artists to celebrate and showcase Surrey’s diversity during two full days of music, dance, food and culture,” said Councillor Mary Martin, Chair of Surrey’s Diversity and Inclusivity Committee.” “The Festival features over 35 international pavilions and exhibitors who will present a delicious array of world cuisine while showcasing their cultural traditions, unique artifacts and artistic expression.” 

 

“Coast Capital supports Fusion Festival because we believe one of the most precious legacies we can pass on to our youth is an appreciation and knowledge of our rich cultural diversity, our proud history and our common heritage as Canadians,” said Wendy Lachance, Director, Community Leadership for Coast Capital Savings.

 

Over 80 acts will perform on four stages including Delhi 2 Dublin who is a Surrey-based world music group who have reached #3 on the Canadian World Music charts and have international radio play in Japan, Canada, USA and Europe.  Their unique blend of bhangra, celtic, hip-hop and dance music creates a thrilling high-energy sound and aural experience.

 

Bringing a Scottish vibe to Fusion Festival is Shooglenifty, an Edinburgh based six-piece Celtic fusion band blending Scottish traditional music with influences ranging from electronica to alternative rock.  They have performed at major festivals around the world and simply put ... their audiences love them!

 

A distinct feature integrated into this year’s event is the BC Summer Games Wrap Up Ceremony. With the City of Surrey partnered as the BC Summer Games host community, event organizers have arranged to hold the official Closing Ceremonies for the games at Holland Park as part of the Fusion Festival on Sunday, July 22nd. Feature act, Walk Off The Earth will be performing for the young athletes during the BC Summer Games Closing Ceremonies.

 

Building on the community sport theme, this year’s Fusion Festival Cultural Pavilions will also be showcasing sports from their various cultures and countries of origins.

 

Find out more by visiting www.surrey.ca/fusionfestival.

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For further information please contact:


Mary Rukavina

Manager, Special Events and Filming

City of Surrey 604-591-4598

marukavina@surrey.ca