Ex­plore the globe at Rich­mond World Fes­ti­val

FREE CEL­E­BRA­TION OF MUSIC, FOOD AND CUL­TURE RE­TURNS TO MI­NORU PARK

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Pop­u­lar Cana­dian rock­ers Tokyo Po­lice Club and Korean hip-hop star Ver­bal Jint will head­line the ex­panded Rich­mond World Fes­ti­val on Fri­day, Sept. 1 and Satur­day, Sept. 2 in Mi­noru Park.

“In just two years, the Rich­mond World Fes­ti­val has be­come a can’t-miss date on the sum­mer cal­en­dar, win­ning both na­tional and in­ter­na­tional event in­dus­try hon­ours,” said Rich­mond Mayor Mal­colm Brodie. “We’re de­lighted to be ex­pand­ing the fes­ti­val to two days this year. It’s a great op­por­tu­nity to en­joy the many sounds, tastes and colours of our di­verse com­mu­nity and na­tion as we con­tinue our cel­e­bra­tions of Canada’s 150th an­niver­sary.”

A free cel­e­bra­tion of music, food and cul­ture, the Rich­mond World Fes­ti­val is pre­sented by Coast Cap­i­tal Sav­ings. The fes­ti­val will fea­ture over 75 music and dance per­for­mance son nine stages that will span the globe to present both tra­di­tional art forms and in­no­va­tive cul­tural mash-ups and multi-me­dia per­for­mances. The out­door fes­ti­val takes place in beau­ti­ful Mi­noru Park, just a short walk from the Canada Line’s Brig­house sta­tion.

High­lights in­clude the FEASTival of Flavour, with more than 50 food trucks, of­fer­ing an in­ter­na­tional smor­gas­bord of food choices, and the CF Rich­mond Cen­tre Culi­nary Stage with cook­ing demon­stra­tions by ac­claimed chefs.

Fes­ti­val-go­ers can also im­merse them­selves in mul­ti­cul­tural ex­pe­ri­ences rang­ing from the Global Vil­lage, with in­ter­ac­tive cul­tural ac­tiv­i­ties and per­for­mances, to the Bam­boo Theatre and Dig­i­tal Car­ni­val, both of­fer­ing di­verse and in­no­va­tive per­for­mances.

Other fes­ti­val fea­tures in­clude Kids World chil­dren’s ac­tiv­ity area, the Ar­ti­san Mar­ket­place with over 50 ex­hibitors, and the World of Po­etry, with read­ings and per­for­mances by more than a dozen lo­cal po­ets. Check out Imag­i­na­tion World, pre­sented by the Rich­mond Public Li­brary, with fam­ily-based per­for­mances, mul­ti­lin­gual and mul­ti­cul­tural book dis­plays and fun with the in­for­ma­tion revo­lu­tion’s lat­est tech­nol­ogy from mini-ro­bots to 3-D print­ers.

At the cen­tre of the fes­ti­val is the Mo­saic Main Stage, with free head­line per­for­mances by top Cana­dian and in­ter­na­tional tal­ent, in­clud­ing Ver­bal Jint, Tokyo Po­lice Club, Dragonette and many more.

Di­rect from South Korea, hiphop star Ver­bal Jint will head­line the fes­ti­val on Fri­day, Sept. 1. An in­flu­en­tial South Korean rap­per and record pro­ducer, Ver­bal Jint is no­table for his ground­break­ing in­no­va­tions in Korean hip-hop rap rhyme work.

Launched in 2008, the Toronto in die rock quar­tet Tokyo Po­lice Club has won both crit­i­cal and pop­u­lar ac claim across Canada and in­ter­na­tion­ally. Tokyo Po­lice Club will head­line the fes­ti­val’s YVR Mo­saic Main Stage on Satur­day, Sept. 2. Pop­u­lar Cana­dian elec­tro-pop in­no­va­tors Dragonette will also per­form on the main stage on Satur­day.

Full event de­tails are avail­able at www.rich­mond­world­fes­ti­val.ca. For up­dates and con­tests, fol­low @FunRich­mond on Twit­ter and Ins tag ram ,# Rich­mond World Fest.

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Hip-hop star Ver­bal Jint, an in­flu­en­tial South Korean rap­per and record pro­ducer, will head­line the Rich­mond World Fes­ti­val along­side Toronto in­die rock quar­tet Tokyo Po­lice Club. Ver­bal Jint will per­form on Sept. 1, and Tokyo Po­lice Club on Sept. 2.

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