41 Cultures Celebrate at 7th Annual Fusion Festival
July 21, 2014
Surrey, BC – A record 41 different cultural pavilions were at the 2014 Surrey Fusion Festival this past weekend, up from last year’s 36. Over 90,000 residents and visitors enjoyed food, entertainment and culture in Surrey’s Holland Park at what is BC’s largest multicultural event.
The free two-day family event presented by Coast Capital Savings included over 70 performances on five stages. Headliners included Bruce Cockburn, JUNO nominees Hey Ocean!, and The Boom Booms. Also performing were cultural entertainers: Orquestra Tropicana and Ache Brasil, Alpha Yaya Diallo, EnKarma, Bocephus King, T-Nile, Wil, Australia’s Ash Grunwald and Pete Werner.
“Fusion Festival is a celebration of Surrey’s rich and widespread cultural diversity, “said City of Surrey Mayor Dianne Watts. “Thank you to Coast Capital Savings and all the sponsors for helping make this event such a success year after year.”
The best-dressed cultural pavilions were awarded prizes. Winners included: Best dressed – India, People's Choice – Canada, Tastiest Bite – Columbia, and Best New Pavilion – Israel.
“Once again Fusion Festival served up an amazing mix of music, food and culture and it was great to see the community come together and celebrate, “said Councillor Mary Martin, Chair of the Diversity and Inclusivity Committee.
The 2013 Surrey Fusion Festival was declared ‘Best Festival in the World’ at the International GALA Awards held in Nashville, following a nomination process involving top events from over 30 countries. For more information visit www.surrey.ca/fusionfestival.
Festival information contact:
Manager, Special Events and Filming
City of Surrey