Surrey Fusion Festival sees record attendance at 15th annual event

Sharry Mann performing on the Concord Pacific World Music Stage on Sunday, July 24. Photo: City of Surrey

SURREY Fusion Festival — Western Canada’s largest multicultural festival — returned to Holland Park this past weekend with the highest attendance in 15 years.

Performers included Manila Grey, Shad, Sharry Mann and Zora Randhawa.

The theme “CommUNITY” was on display at 40 food and art pavilions, where organizers showcased how people come together to celebrate and build bridges between cultures.

“Surrey Fusion Festival 2022 was a huge success. We are so proud to offer a world-class, multicultural event to the community free of charge.” said Surrey Mayor Doug McCallum.

“On behalf of Council, I thank all volunteers, pavilion organizers, and attendees for participating in the festival. I would also like to thank our presenting sponsor, Coast Capital, for their continued support over the last 15 years.”

Surrey Fusion Festival began on Saturday with the Parade of Cultures, which showcased all pavilion organizers as they marched from the SFU Celebration Stage to the Concord Pacific World Music Stage.

The two-day festival featured live performances on eight stages, yoga and meditation, dance battles, an Indigenous Village, a sensory friendly space, and a kid’s zone. The Cultural Cooking Arena also featured a youth cooking showdown on Saturday.

Additional activities included bhangra, powwow and giddha dance lessons, an Indigenous marketplace, and amusement rides.

Attendees captured candid moments by visiting the free photo booth presented by Canadian Horizons and had the opportunity to taste food from around the world at 30 cultural food pavilions.

Event attendees are invited to provide their feedback on the event via an online survey for a chance to win a $250 gift card to Guildford Town Centre.

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