Despite the ongoing and unexpected summer flood, one of Brandon's premiere cultural celebrations will go on as planned this weekend.
The fifth annual Multicultural Summer Festival will take place in Princess Park on Friday night and during the day Saturday.
The two-day summer festival is a celebration of cultural diversity, both locally and globally, and recently took home top honours in the "Partnership" category at the 2013 Tribute to Tourism Awards, which were held in Brandon in early June.
In receiving the award, the festival’s committee was recognized for its work to "cultivate the image of an inclusive and exciting city" that "inspires innovative and creative thinking people to want to make Brandon their home."
Among this year’s festival attractions include a Friday night kick-off featuring Ottentick Dance Group, Rastamils and more. Saturday includes a full afternoon and evening of music and dance including Combo Latino, Marco Castillo, Nathan, Island Vibe Dance and a variety of children’s activities.
Public participation in all performances and workshops are entirely free, while food and beverages will be available for purchase from local vendors on-site.
"Embracing and celebrating culture is the best way of building a cohesive and welcoming community, and the Brandon Summer Multicultural Festival is a great opportunity for everyone to share their culture in a friendly-family environment," said festival committee chair Jaime Chinchilla. "People from all over the world have come to live in Westman and this festivals highlights that diversity."
One of the many partner in this year’s Multicultural Summer Festival is the Brandon Global Market, located at 12th Street and Rosser Avenue, which will showcase even more local and multicultural vendors all within a few blocks of downtown Brandon.
More information on event programming and scheduling can be found on their Facebook page, under "Brandon Multicultural Summer Festival."