More than 100 performers are taking over the main stage at Langley’s International Festival this year, representing cultures from around the world.
A sample of Mexico, India, China, Taiwan, Polynesia and more can be seen, heard, tasted and experienced during the two-day event.
Taking place at Willoughby Community Park on Aug. 22 and 23, this is the 15th year the festival has run.
And with crowds of 20,000 people expected, it’s also one of the largest years.
But this unique celebration is more than just colourful dancing and food, it’s about “promoting community unity to make the community more friendly,” said Dr. Sarwan Singh Randawa, communications director of the Langley International Festival Society.
“It’s an easier way to educate people and create awareness in the public. When we know the traditions of other cultures, I think we respect them more,” he said.
In addition to the main stage performances, this year also features a brand new Seven Wonders of the World exhibit at the International Village.
The food pavilion will have food vendors from several different cultures, and at the international market more than 60 vendors will be selling handmade jewelry, clothing, and gifts.
For kids, there is a children’s chalet that is hosting dancing, singing, music, face painting and the Fraser Valley Regional Library’s booth for multicultural crafts.
Other activities include an international pavilion, cultural art gallery, rides and a parade of nations.
The event is on from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday. Entrance is by donation at $2 per person, or $5 per family.
The Willoughby Community Park is located beside the Langley Events Centre at 7888 200 St.
For more, visit www.internationalfestival.ca.