Let’s Celebrate Moncton’s multiculturalism! Back to News

Monctonians and visitors will experience the tastes and sounds of the World, this July 19th and 20th, during the ninth Mosaïq Multicultural Festival. Taking place in downtown Moncton, this annual festival will feature its well-known World Village, a brand new International Beer and Wine Garden, a reimagined Kids’ Pavilion, as well as exciting multicultural entertainment line-up. The World Village will be open for business on Friday and Saturday until 9 p.m. [AC(C1] and will host international food vendors, arts and crafts merchants, as well as ethno-cultural associations from the Greater Moncton region. At City Hall Plaza, next to the main tent will be the International Beer and Wine Garden, open on both days from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. People can expect to discover some lesser known products, as well as find some old favourites. The Kids’ Pavilion will also be open on both days, and will include some free activities, such as inflatables games, crafts, mascots’ visits and workshops. “The children’s component has received a make-over this year, in order to better serve families,” says Tradina Meadows-[AC(C2] Forgeron, Executive director of the Multicultural Association of the Greater Moncton Area (MAGMA). “There will be activities for the little ones, such as a Kids’ Concert on Friday and Saturday, but also activities for older kids, such as the Youth Olympïq and some dance workshops.” “The multicultural entertainment will again be a major piece of our festival,” says Mario Leduc-Bourgeois, Event Chair for Mosaïq 2013. “The free concert line-up for both Friday and Saturday is full of talented artists. Additionally, the many ethno-cultural associations of the Greater Moncton area have really stepped up and prepared some amazing performances, which will take place at the Moncton, Dieppe and Riverview Markets, as well as on our International Stage.” “The City of Moncton is thrilled to be once again partnering with MAGMA to present Mosaïq in downtown Moncton,” said Moncton Mayor George LeBlanc. “Moncton has grown to become a more diverse and worldly city and this celebration of multiculturalism is a testament to that.” Documenting the event will be international renowned local photographer, Maurice Henri, as well as Albertan artist Tim Van Horn. Best known for his Canadian Mosaic project (www.canadianmosaic.ca), Van Horn will stop in Moncton as part of his cross-Canada tour and he hopes to take portraits of over 2,000 Monctonians to add to his Canadian Mosaic. For the full schedule of the Mosaïq Multicultural Festival, please visit our website at www.MosaiqMoncton.ca/schedule. The festival has been growing exponentially since its inception by the Multicultural Association of the Greater Moncton Area (MAGMA) in 2004. In 2010 on the occasion of the IAAF World Track and Field Championships, the City of Moncton teamed up with MAGMA to present a larger more impressive multicultural celebration. The festival took on the new brand of Mosaïq Multicultural Festival, which was successfully launched to a receptive audience providing the event with important recognition on the regional, national and international stage. The production partnership continues as both organizations align their respective resources and community contributors to annually showcase this amazing mosaic of cultures.

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