New multicultural Bridge Festival to hit Ambleside Park May 31 and June 1

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      West Vancouver is preparing to launch a big new multicultural event.

      Called the Bridge Festival, the free celebration is set to take place May 31 and June 1 at Ambleside Park. It replaces West Van’s long-standing Community Day

      The fest will feature cultural pavilions organized by West Vancouver residents, showcasing the traditions of their different ethnic identities.

      There will also be a new pedestrian beach parade, multicultural-themed food trucks, concerts, plus food and cold drinks at an International Lounge.

      The food trucks include Come Arepa ( Venezuela), Cazba Express (Persia), and the Brazilian Roots Truck.

      At the two full evenings of free concerts on a main stage, the first night features Mariachi Los Dorados, Kow Kanda. and TANGA; the second day, check out Amir Haghighi, Amy Stephen, Herbert Kwan, and the Starbirds. Two other stages will keep busy with performances throughout the fest as well.

      The fest is described as a collaborative effort between the District of West Vancouver and local associations, groups, and individuals.