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Fusion Festival Wins 'Best Cultural Event In Canada' Award

April 01, 2011

The City of Surrey is pleased to announce that the 2010 Fusion Festival won a prestigious Star Award at the 2011 Canadian Event Industry Awards (CEIA) Gala Event in Toronto. The City was recognized in the category of Best Cultural Event for 2010.

“We’re very proud to have earned a National Award and recognition for this important event that showcases and celebrates diversity in the City,” said City of Surrey Mayor Dianne Watts. “The Fusion Festival grows in popularity year after year and has broad-based community participation from multiple intercultural partners and associations.”

Surrey Fusion Festival is presented by Coast Capital Savings and is BC’s largest multicultural celebration. The event was held at Surrey’s magnificent Holland Park on July 17 & 18, 2010. The Fusion Festival featured over 75 distinguished artists and headliners from around the world who performed on four stages. 30 cultural pavilions represented food and culture from different countries of origin. New this year, was a traditional First Nations Pow-wow with 30 vendors and exhibitors. The event was an incredible success, with attendance of nearly 90,000 people who took part in celebrating the City’s rich diversity with music, food and culture.

“Our City is becoming more diverse every year and we work to ensure our programs, policies and events are accessible for all cultures,” said Councillor Barinder Rasode, Chair of the Diversity & Inclusion Advisory Committee. “The Fusion Festival is a signature event that brings people together to experience music, dance, food and heritage of over 50 distinct cultural groups while elevating awareness and appreciation within our multicultural community.”

The CEIA is a national award program that recognizes outstanding achievements in Canadian special events, meeting management, conference planning and exhibition management. The program is open to any Canadian company that has produced an event or qualifying element of an event during the 2010 calendar year.

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For further information please contact:

Laurie A. Cavan
General Manager, Parks Recreation and Culture
604-598-5760
lacavan@surrey.ca