Kamloops’ first annual multicultural festival will be held on the North Shore this Saturday, with organizers promising an event which highlights inclusivity and the city’s cultural diversity.
Patti Phillips, marketing and public relations director for the North Shore Business Improvement Association, said the event will feature authentic food, art, music and performances from all different cultures.
“It's a really good family day. Bring your family, everyone will have so much fun. And the performances are [from] everywhere from Mexico to Bangladesh to Japan to China,” Phillips said.
Phillips said her team originally began planning this event three years ago as a street festival, but organizers had to cancel two years in a row due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
She said when the team began planning the festival again, they chose McDonald Park as a larger location to give attendees and vendors more space.
The festival will feature several pavilions, including a foodie’s pavilion, where attendees can sample a wide range of dishes and flavours from all different cultures, and a multicultural neighbourhood, and an art pavilion.
“We've got six different artists in there, and they're not just going to be having their art and selling their art, they do storytelling. So when you go in there and you look at their art, they're going to tell you how this refers to their culture, and why they do what they do,” Phillips said.
She said the festival will also have a multicultural neighbourhood, which will be set up like a street with vendors and items for sale.
“There's going to be tents all the way down, and flags all over. There is going to be tons of colour, colour everywhere,” Phillips said.
The festival’s Around the World KidZone will have face painting, an inflatable, multicultural games and a world map where kids can add their handprint to show which part of the world they are from.
The main stage will host 18 performances throughout the festival, including a 45 foot long Chinese Dragon.
The Tapestry Festival will run from 12 p.m. until 5 p.m. at McDonald Park.