Explore a world of food, fun and music at Richmond’s end of summer celebration

A global-sized celebration is coming to Richmond to help close out the summer holidays.

The Richmond World Festival is set to take over Minoru Park from Friday, August 30,toSaturday, August 31. Festival-goers can expect to be well entertained and well fed as the fifth annual party brings together more than 100 performers – includingheadliners The Strumbellas and Bedouin Soundclash - across nine stages, around 55 food trucks dishing up all kinds of fare, plus an artisan marketplace, free ice skating to cool your heels, chefs cooking up their specialties on a culinary stage, and so much more.

And it’s all free admission.

“We’ve always billed ourselves as an affordable option to the PNE, with significantly more performers and a chance to have fun at that last, major family event before the kids go back to school,” says Bryan Tasaka, manager of major events with the City of Richmond.

“This is a great opportunity for families to come out and see some amazing live music for free, while enjoying a huge variety of things to do, see and taste from cultures around the world.”

Expectations are that 50,000 to 60,000 people will attend the festival, which runs from 4 p.m.to 10 p.m. on Friday andfrom11 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Saturday.

“This year we’ve added free skating and broom ball in the Antarctic Zone at Minoru Arenas where we’ll turn on the disco lights, put on some fun music and let people cool off,” Tasaka says.

The Richmond World Festival has also partnered with Cinevolution Media Arts which produces Your Kontinent Digital Carnival, an outdoor exhibit that transforms shipping containers into pop-up galleries offering a unique perspective on the complex relationship between art, nature and technology, while contemplating what it means to live in a port city.

“The Digital Carnival willfeature 11 artists who will create installations using projection and soundscapes that this year will follow the theme of fire,” Tasaka says.

Then there’s the How To’s … which demonstrates the skills needed to produce a variety of cultural crafts, such as origami, finger weaving, Japanese book binding, European hand puppets and Ukrainian Pysanky (Easter eggs).

In a multicultural city like Richmond, the event has been a huge success.

“It’s been a great fit,” Tasaka says. “Many great cultures have been represented, whether by an exhibitor’s booth, the food trucks that boast cuisines from all over the world, as well as the Culinary Stage that showcases different types of food.”

The best way to reach the site without a vehicle is either by public transit - SkyTrain’s Canada Line terminates less than 1 km from Minoru Park - or by bicycle. Two bike valet options are located on the festival grounds.

Those travelling by car can park at the Richmond Centre multi-level parkade or Richmond City Hall, both of which are a short walk from the park.

Minoru Park is located at 7191 Granville Avenue in Richmond, between Minoru Boulevard and Gilbert Road.

For more information about the Richmond World Festival, visit richmondworldfestival.com.

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