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Richmond celebrating with vast two-day festival

By Lorraine Graves

Published 12:17 PDT, Thu August 29, 2019

Summer goes out with a bang at Richmond World Festival this weekend at Minoru Park.

Summer goes out with a bang at Richmond World Festival this weekend at Minoru Park.

The two-day multicultural festival offers music, food, crafts, booths, activities and general merriment for people of all ages.

With no admission charge, the fun starts at 4 p.m. Friday and continues all day Saturday. 

Everyone is invited to wander about, take in the music, shop, nosh and try out a host of activities. 

With over 100 acts spread over nine stages, the sophisticated sound system used by the City of Richmond means there is no overlap of the music, eliminating the usual cacophony of sound found at these events. 

Whether you go to Tourism Richmond’s Culinary Stage to watch world-leading chefs lead a cooking class or just wander over to the 60 food trucks to buy a snack or meal, the Richmond World Festival is a foodie’s delight. 

The Global Village offers culture, crafts and products from around the world. 

For shoppers, the Artisan Marketplace is the place to find hand-crafted gifts and personal indulgences in all price ranges. 

The African Zone shows how rich and varied world culture really is with products, displays and music. 

The Vancouver Cantonese Opera Society hosts the Bamboo Theatre. There, children and adults will be able to learn, do crafts and hear some of the finest techniques, costumes and music Asian-Canadians have brought to Richmond. 

Kids World has interactive demonstrations, performances, face painting and balloon artists as well as performances on the pop-up stage.  

The kids’ fun continues inside the the library where The Imagination Stage features such performers as Vancouver Puppet Theatre and Ginalina. 

It’s a chance to say goodbye to a fine summer, to mix and mingle with friends new and old, and a chance to say hello to fall with vigour at Richmond’s World Festival, Aug. 30 and 31. 

With a wonderful turnout expected again this year, transit is the best option as parking will be limited. 

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