Did you know that in 2008, Surrey was named the Cultural Capital of Canada? It’s a prestigious title and one we’re extremely proud of. It’s put Surrey on the map as a creative cultural centre. More importantly, it promotes cross cultural sharing and builds awareness, understanding, and community pride.
If you’re lucky enough to have your visit to Surrey coincide with Fusion Fest, then don’t miss this free event. This kaleidoscope of culture is a true feast for the senses and a perfect way to soak up Surrey’s diversity in one colourful weekend. The festival was named ‘Best Festival’ at the annual Special Event Magazine Gala Awards in 2014 for good reason.
The two day celebration brings together cultural and community groups from around the world and more than fifty recording artists and performers. In the eight years since Fusion Fest’s conception, it’s grown significantly. What began as just twenty-five humble pavilions has now grown to over forty, with more being added each year. There are as many countries represented as there are pavilions.
A visit to each pavilion is an opportunity to sample authentic food from each country, learn about their economies, and discover their arts and crafts. With an award that’s given for ‘Best Dressed Pavilion’, it’s no wonder that each participating country puts a lot of effort into decorating their domain. Stepping inside each colourful pavilion is a wonderful way to travel the globe in one weekend.
Did we mention the food? It’s possible to eat around the world in just one afternoon, so make sure you leave room for seconds… and thirds, and fourths. The mouth-watering cornucopia of flavour alone is worth attending Fusion Fest for.
Of course, there’s more than enough fun for the little ones. The on-site Kids World includes crafts, sing-alongs, puppets, storytelling and more. There’s also a stage where performers, dancers, and musicians perform arts that are native to their country.
We think it’s safe to say that Fusion Fest is one international party that will spoil your senses, open your mind, satisfy your hunger, and ultimately rock your world. Also check out their website to see the dates and other information regarding the festival!