Celebrating cultures

As RespectFEST 2017 heads into the final weekend, there are a lot of things on the go.

A multicultural celebration is planned for Civic Plaza and Spirit Square Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The Respect Stage will be rocking throughout the day as local reggae and calypso group Chipko Jones kick off the celebration in the morning.

World fusion group Barefoot Caravan will then take the stage before Zimbamoto brings their electrifying and high-energy African beats to Vernon from Vancouver.

The Chidorai Japanese Dance Group, local Bhangra artists, Chinese fan dancers, O’Keefe Ranch and the Allan Brooks Nature Centre will be at the Cultural Corner Stage with interactive performances and educational talks throughout the day.

Mollie Bono will relay the history of the Okanagan/Similkameen and other Interior Salish First Nations and will be offering three workshops throughout the day focused on the History of the First People.

An outdoor art show is planned for Mackie House and the Allan Brooks Nature Centre will be hosting Vernon History Day.

On Sunday, RespectFEST will wrap up with numerous events.

A full list of events, times and places can be found online.

RespectFEST 2017 is a week-long celebration of respect and diversity that provides opportunities to learn about, and interact with, people from all different races, cultures, religions and backgrounds.

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