The Georgia Straight proudly sponsors the Richmond World Festival at Minoru Park

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      On Friday, August 31 (4 to 10 p.m.) and Saturday, September 1 (11 a.m. to 10 p.m.), the fourth annual Richmond World Festival presents a smorgasbord of music, arts, food, and culture from around the globe in Richmond’s Minoru Park.

      “Richmond is recognized internationally as a model for cultural diversity and harmony,” said Richmond Mayor Malcolm Brodie. “The Richmond World Festival celebrates that diversity and we’re excited to present a stellar line-up of music, food and the arts that showcases our many cultures, our community and Canada at their best.”

      The festival will feature over 90 artists performing on nine stages, serving up rich slices of African, Asian, North and South American, European, South Pacific and Caribbean cultures, plus more than 50 food trucks presenting cuisines from all over the globe and the Culinary Stage featuring top local chefs. There’s also the Global Village with interactive cultural activities and performances; the Bamboo Theatre and Digital Carnival, both offering diverse and innovative performances; Africa Zone cultural pavilion, Artisan Marketplace, and Imagination World at the Richmond Public Library.

      This year's musical headliners include two-time Juno Award-winning alt-pop phenomenon Lights; Toronto-bred, Los-Angeles-based quartet Magic!; platinum-certified up-and-coming Canadian duo Elijah Woods x Jamie Fine; and self-proclaimed “immigrant bass music” artist Desi Sub Culture. 

      Admission to Richmond World Festival is free; visit the City of Richmond website for more information.