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Surrey Fusion Festival Announces International Headliners for 2011

June 06, 2011

For Immediate Release

Surrey, BC - The City of Surrey is pleased to announce the triumphant return of BC’s largest multicultural celebration, Surrey Fusion Festival, which was declared the “Best Cultural Event in Canada!”

Surrey Fusion Festival is presented by Coast Capital Savings and will bring the City’s magnificent Holland Park to life from July 16 – 17, 2011. Last year’s incredibly successful event was attended by over 90,000 people and was truly a highlight of the summer.

“Surrey Fusion Festival is an entertaining, family-friendly event that showcases our vibrant multicultural community and provides us with the unique opportunity to experience the music, dance, food and heritage of the many distinct cultural groups that live in our City,” says Mayor Dianne Watts.

This year’s event delivers a diverse line-up featuring international headliners to celebrate our global community with two full days of music, dance, food and culture.

Bedouin Soundclash is the JUNO Award winning group known for their joyous, soul-shaking hit singles "When The Night Feels My Song" and "Walls Fall Down." Combining modern urban sounds with classic reggae fundamentals, Bedouin Soundclash have performed alongside mega acts such as No Doubt, Coldplay, and Nine Inch Nails.

International superstar, Jay Sean, has graced the red carpets at the Grammys, MTV Awards, Brit Music Awards and countless other appearances. This 29-year old British pop/R&B singer has exploded into the international mainstream market. The only male artist in the past 10 years to have two simultaneous top 10 tracks; multi-platinum album sales; numerous awards and monstrous singles including the platinum selling hit "Do You Remember" and "Down." Jay Sean has garnered over 150 million YouTube views.

Councillor Barinder Rasode, Chair of Surrey’s Diversity & Inclusion Advisory Committee commented that, “Fusion Festival is a unique event that celebrates Surrey’s cultural diversity, we are pleased that Surrey plays host to BC’s largest multicultural festival. While we enjoy diverse food and world class entertainment we are celebrating that we are all more similar that different.”

The festivities will kick off Saturday July 16 with the Kla-How-Eya Pow-wow and then each stage will open with cultural drummers, dancers, musicians and singers from different cultures.

Featured performers include: Bombino from Tuareg, Africa whose album was selected by Rolling Stone as one of the best releases of 2011; Raghav who has already sold 1.3 million records around the world; Leela Gilday is a captivating, soulful Dene singer/songwriter from Northwest Territories who is also a JUNO award winner. Other artists of note include Kytami (formerly with Delhi2Dublin), Blackberry Wood, Bruce Barnes from New Orleans with Mojo Zydeco, Mobadass (former Wide Mouth Mason bassist), Warren Dean Flandez, Kokoma African heritage Ensemble and many more…
This festival will bring together over 30 distinct cultural heritages hosting pavilions to present the music, food, costume and dance of their country of origin.

Fusion’s Parade of Flags, Bollywood Dancers and performers from Korea, Philippines, Taiwan, Peru, Cuba and many more will ensure this is another great festival to remember. Join us July 16 & 17, 2011 for the multicultural return of Surrey Fusion Festival!

Visit our newly launched website at www.surrey.ca/fusionfestival 

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For further information please contact:

Mary Rukavina
Manager, Special Events and Filming
City of Surrey
T 604-591-4598 
marukavina@surrey.ca