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Kentville Multicultural Festival going big for year five

Food always proves to be a big draw at the annual Kentville Multicultural Festival. FILE
Food always proves to be a big draw at the annual Kentville Multicultural Festival. FILE - Ashley Thompson

Celebrating its fifth year, the Kentville Multicultural Festival is set to impress Aug. 24.

It will run 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Kentville’s Centre Square. This family-friendly event is free to attend, and showcases music, dance, art, food, stories, and traditions of diverse communities living in the Annapolis Valley and beyond.

The main stage will welcome Alan Syliboy & The Thundermakers (Indigenous rock and spoken word group) again this year, as well as new acts FIL Connection (a Filipino rock band), ViBeat Dance Studio (Bollywood and folk dances from India), Sébastien Dol (a multi-instrumentalist specializing in French, Acadian and Cajun music), the Aisling Highland Dancers, the Maritime Centre for African Dance, the Chinese Culture & Art Club - and more.

The festival also features a wide array of food and marketplace vendors. Attendees can choose from authentic cuisine including Chinese, Jamaican, German, Middle Eastern, British and Indian. The marketplace will include Indigenous art, beautiful garments from around the world, henna art, meditation demonstrations, an eritrean coffee ceremony, chalk artists, activities for children, drum circles, and plenty more to fill a day for the whole family.

There will also be representation of diverse groups such as the LGBTQ+ community, as well as the mental health and abilities communities at the festival this year. In addition, there will be an after-hours event at Maritime Express Cider Co. featuring flamenco guitarist Roland Smith, sangria cider, and a tapas menu.

“This is my third year of working with the festival and I am excited to see how we have grown. The festival is a feast for all the senses and a celebration of the diversity, resiliency and curiosity of our community. It is a wonderful opportunity to share our art, music and traditions and ultimately to honour the sameness of all people across all cultures,” said Kate Adams, co-chairperson of the multicultural festival planning committee.

“This is my third year of working with the festival and I am excited to see how we have grown. The festival is a feast for all the senses and a celebration of the diversity, resiliency and curiosity of our community. It is a wonderful opportunity to share our art, music and traditions and, ultimately, to honour the sameness of all people across all cultures.”

Organized by the Kentville Business Community, the Kentville Multicultural Festival aims to provide a safe space for all citizens to celebrate and share their culture. It is an opportunity to recognize the Town of Kentville’s current cultural milieu, which is a confluence of race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, and people of all abilities and socio-economic backgrounds. Through the spread of ideas and information, and the exchange of cultural practices and

traditions, the multicultural festival hopes that all people can feel welcome in the Town of Kentville.

Further information can be found on the event website: kentvillemulticulturalfestival.ca

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