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The annual DiverseCity festival will explode onto the Quay Boardwalk in New Westminster on Saturday, May 19 at noon with sights, sounds, smells and tastes from all over the world. DiverseCity embraces everyone, and therefore is the ultimate celebration of community.
With cultural groups from all over the globe participating you can expect live entertainment, dance lessons, tasty treats, interactive activities for the kids, and fun for the whole family as well as arts and crafts, a film festival, art exhibition, and a few surprises too.
The River Market’s Hungry Floor Food Hall is a great addition with Mexican, French, Italian and Chinese contributions through fabulous food. Other merchants such at the Paddlewheeler Pub, Great Wall Tea and KJM Urban Gardens are getting into the spirit as well with featured theme specials and demos. Fraser River Discovery Centre has been a long-time valued partner and always provides fantastic exhibits and activities for kids of all ages.
Entertainment from all over the world is hosted by the Thrifty Foods Community Stage including performances from cultural groups representing Bosnia, China, Scotland, Indonesia, Latin America and a steel drum band from the Caribbean just to name a few. The Kwakwaka’wakw Le-La-La Dancers will cap off the day at 6 p.m. with a traditional First Nations performance of dancing and singing courtesy of Aboriginal Tourism BC.
This year’s festival is a milestone, the 10th annual, and has grown from a small event to a huge festival over the years. The BIA is grateful to partners such as The City of New Westminster and Scotiabank for their commitment to the spirit of this event year after year.
River Market will hold a contest to win a gorgeous Donald’s gift basket full of tasty treats from around the world! Get the kids to help decorate postcards bound for Haiti with messages of friendship and peace and show us what a small world it really is by putting yourself on our map!
Presented by the Downtown New Westminster BIA and the City of New Westminster
When: Saturday, May 19 noon to 6:30 p.m.
Where: On the Quay Boardwalk
Free parking on the Downtown Parkade and easily accessible by transit