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Multicultural Summer Festival showcases wide range of cuisine, performers

Winnipeg based folk-western musicians Nathan perform during the second day of the 2014 Brandon Multicultural Summer Festival at Princess Park on Saturday afternoon.

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Winnipeg based folk-western musicians Nathan perform during the second day of the 2014 Brandon Multicultural Summer Festival at Princess Park on Saturday afternoon.

Hundreds of people attended Brandon’s fifth annual Multicultural Summer Festival, which took over Princess Park Saturday afternoon.

Shelley Marshall with Winnipeg based folk-western musicians Nathan smiles as the band performs during the second day of the 2014 Brandon Multicultural Summer Festival at Princess Park on Saturday afternoon.

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Shelley Marshall with Winnipeg based folk-western musicians Nathan smiles as the band performs during the second day of the 2014 Brandon Multicultural Summer Festival at Princess Park on Saturday afternoon. (TIM SMITH/BRANDON SUN)

Three-year-old Eleanore Wilts sleeps on a blanket under a sun hat Saturday at the Multicultural Summer Festival.

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Three-year-old Eleanore Wilts sleeps on a blanket under a sun hat Saturday at the Multicultural Summer Festival. (TIM SMITH/BRANDON SUN)

Food vendors and booths were set up around the park selling a wide range of cuisine.

Musicians and dancers performed on the main stage all afternoon, including Marco Castillo, Sensation Internacional and Nathan.

"It’s been an amazing day. We had excellent ethnic food and the kids have been making jewelry and crafts," said Keri Latimer from the band Nathan. "We always love to come back and play in Brandon."

Nathan is a five-person band that uses 11 different instruments throughout their performance. They played for a large crowd under the main stage tent in the afternoon.

Across the park in the children’s tent, a local group demonstrated a Brazilian martial arts and dance form called capoeira. The loud drums and interactive demonstration was a hit for the young crowd.

Five-year-old Colin Hamilton Kovak went up to try some of the moves they demonstrated.

"My favourite part was when I did a flip," he said. "It was like a somersault."

Hamilton Kovak, who is from Atlanta was visiting relatives in Brandon, said the demonstration was his favourite part of the festival.

Other children’s activities included beading, henna tattoos and colouring sheets with people from around the world.

"We have lots of performers for both the children’s tent and the main stage entertainment all afternoon," event co-ordinator Dylan MacDonald said.

The annual festival is put on by the City of Brandon and relies on volunteers from local community groups and organizations, including Westman Immigration Services.

The Multicultural Summer Festival ended early on Saturday evening because of the severe thunderstorm that rolled through Brandon. The park was evacuated, but the city said overall, the festival was a success.

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Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition July 7, 2014

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