Poetry slams, an open-air concert, and an international food truck festival...yes, the City of Richmond displayed its hip and progressive side at Minoru Park today.
It was all part of the first Richmond World Festival and it attracted a large crowd for performers Matt & Kim, Alex Cuba, En Karma, and the Kara-Kata Afrobeat Group.
There was also an artisan market, sports events from around the world, the Your Kontinent Digital Carnival, and a Global Village with a series of cultural exhibits.
They included Chinese paintings showing the last five Northern White Rhinos.
There's a widespread perception that Richmond has attracted mostly Chinese immigrants but in fact, it's a very diverse city.
Research by UBC geographer Dan Hiebert has broken down regional census data to show that within each microcommunity of 650 people in Richmond, there is an average of 17 ethnic groups.