The largest and most diverse festival in Western Canada returns in its 15th year, and we took part to celebrate and enjoy a weekend of multicultural understanding and experiencing diversity in food, culture, live music, and entertainment.
British Columbians and the residents of the city of Surrey once again gathered at Holland park after 2 years since the pandemic. This was the largest crowd since it started in 2008 perhaps due to the desire of the people to reunite and bring back a more lively scene where everyone can enjoy a wide variety of cultural offerings from different countries in the world.
This year's Surrey Fusion Festival theme is CommUNITY. A single word that describes how the world must be in difficult times where global health threats have affected us live, interact and socialize.
From the Latin countries of Bolivia, Argentina, and Columbia. Asian countries like India, Vietnam, and Indonesia. African countries like Ghana, Kenya, and Nigeria. European countries like Germany, France, and the Netherlands. Southwestern Pacific like Tonga and Fiji. Caribbean countries like Barbados and Cayman Islands. These are some of the 40 pavilions that showcased their food, culture, arts, music, and dance.
The pandemic seems over as the crowd cheers for fun and a manic vibe. It's the delicious authentic food, arts, dance, and music that draws people to have a taste and experience world cultures in one venue.
Other features include a wellness garden where people can learn and experience yoga and meditation, Indigenous Village to learn about their culture through traditional cultural sharing. Global beer and wine tasting to sip some cold beverages from around the world. A cultural cooking arena for a showdown in a cooking competition. And stages where wold-class performers and talents are presented to the crowd.
It was a great experience to have celebrated the Surrey Fusion Festival for the first time and I would be glad to make it a yearly event to watch out for. CommUNITY is about the spirit of camaraderie that builds bridges for multicultural understanding and inclusivity. We unite for a common goal of bringing peace, love, and compassion to make our world a better place to live in and for the next generations to preserve and enrich their own culture for the world to see, embrace and be proud of.
©️ 2022 Del Cusay