The Georgia Straight presents the Richmond World Festival

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      On September 1 and 2, the Richmond World Festival takes over Minoru Park (7191 Granville Avenue, Richmond).

      The free celebration of music, food, and culture will feature over 75 music and dance performances from around the world on nine stages, showcasing traditional artforms, cultural mashups, and multimedia performances.

      At the centre of the festival is the Mosaic Main Stage, with headlining concerts by Canadian rockers Tokyo Police Club, Korean hip-hop star Verbal Jint, and Canadian electronica band Dragonette.

      Festivalgoers can also immerse themselves in multicultural experiences ranging from the Global Village with interactive cultural activities to the Bamboo Theatre and Digital Carnival, which both offer diverse performances.

      Other festivities include a kids' activity area, an artisan marketplace with over 50 exhibitors, readings and performances by more than 12 local poets, family-friendly performances, and multilingual and multicultural book displays.

      Culinary attractions include the FEASTival of Flavour, featuring over 50 food trucks, and the CF Richmond Centre Culinary Stage with chefs giving cooking demonstrations.

      In a press release, Richmond mayor Malcolm Brodie said that "we're delighted to be expanding the festival to two days this year. It’s a great opportunity to enjoy the many sounds, tastes and colours of our diverse community and nation as we continue our celebrations of Canada’s 150th anniversary.”

      The festival is open on September 1 from 4 p.m. to 11 p.m. and on September 2 from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.

      Admission to the Richmond World Festival is free of charge. For more information check out the event's website.