Every city has its own distinct flavour, and here in Surrey, we’re lucky to have a wide variety of vibrant cultures, tastes and music. So why not honour this with passion and pride—and lots of food? In for its 10th year, the Surrey Fusion Festival is back to celebrate our diverse multiculturalism and community talent! With over 40 cultural pavilions and six stages showcasing more than 150 performers, this free-admission festival is the place to be on July 22nd and 23rd at Holland Park.
What’s a celebration without live music and entertainment? Catch the performances of numerous renowned artists and hit-makers such as Grammy Award-winning Canadian superstar Nelly Furtado, hip-hop Juno Award-winner Classified, and popular multi-genre Vancouverite DJ Khanvict.
You can also jam to the revolutionary fusion of electronic and classical music of award-winning violinist Kytami, clap your hands to Canadian group Carmanah’s folk, funk, rock and reggae tunes, sway to the melodic singing of history-making French artist Saint Pierre, and move to the beat of so many more special guests and performers!
Feel the world revolve around you with the abundant cultural showcases and demonstrations happening across all pavilions! Ever wondered how to tie a turban? Or perhaps you’ve never seen Japanese taiko drumming? Maybe you just need to immerse your mind and body to the relaxing and strengthening coordination of Tai Chi. No matter what’s on your list of things to see, do, and learn in your travels, you’ll get a glimpse of it all at Surrey Fusion Festival!
Already dubbed the largest multicultural celebration in BC, this year will be even bigger and better! Check out new and exciting pavilions like the Guildford Dance Stage featuring dances from nations around the globe in an impromptu ‘pop up’ style performance. Bhangra, Vietnamese Martial Arts, Polynesian dances—you name it, we got it.
Travelling not your strong suit? There’s many things for you to enjoy, as well! Up your cooking game and learn to make new culinary dishes with top-class local chefs through 30-minute cooking demos. You could also find out what it was like to live here in Surrey 100 years ago through the Re-Enactors interactive performances featuring true stories of the lives of Surrey pioneers from 1872 to 1945.
Celebrating First Nations Culture
The Surrey Fusion Festival is the perfect time to learn more about our First Nations community and traditions. Listen to Goota Desmairas and Jacqueline Koe share their Inuit culture through storytelling complemented by authentic Inuit artefacts. Immerse yourself in St’át’imc traditions with Laura Grizzlypaws of Xwisten, the Bear Clan. Be awestruck by the vibrant talents of award-winning Sagkeeng’s Finest with their fusion of modern and traditional jigging.
Watch the White Thunder Dance Theatre’s story dances such as the Hoop Dance which comes from the Navajo people, and the Women’s Jingle, a dance originating from the Ojibway people from the East. The Git Hayetsk Dancers will also be performing to celebrate and showcase their ancestry and heritage tied to Haida, Tlingit, Haisla and Musqueam Nations.
A parade of diversity, culture, cuisine and festivities, as well as a ton of prize giveaways, the Surrey Fusion Festival at Holland Park will be a major multicultural event you won’t want to miss.
Full event details, parking information, and food ticket prices can be found at the Surrey Fusion Festival website.