Mosaïq Multicultural Festival celebrates 10 years Back to News

Who knew that a little festival, held in Victoria Park ten years ago, would become such a staple of Moncton’s summers? Preparations are now in full gear to make the 10th edition of the Mosaïq Multicultural Festival, held on July 18 and 19 in downtown Moncton, a not-to-be-missed milestone celebration. Mosaïq was first named Multicultural Rendez-vous and was much more modest in scope. Comprised originally of activities, such as community picnics and film showings, the event got a boost (and a new name) in 2010, when the IAAF World Track and Field Championships came to town. The City of Moncton teamed up with the Multicultural Association of the Greater Moncton Area (MAGMA-AMGM), and the Festival moved to the downtown core, giving the World, and Monctonians, a peek at how vibrant and diverse the region really is. Moncton’s multicultural landscape is changing constantly, attested by the recently formed Russian Cultural Association, and the Mosaïq Multicultural Festival is always looking to embrace that evolution. “While we are always happy to open our doors to performers coming from all over the world,” says Mike Timani, president of the Board of directors at MAGMA-AMGM, “we never want to lose sight of the Moncton community members who made our Festival the success it is and who continue to show their support year after year.”  The concert line-up will reflect that aim, and will showcase a mix of local, national and international talent. This year’s event will also build on last year’s successes, such as the re-imagined Kids’ Pavilion, with numerous activities for the whole family, and the re-designed World Village, which encouraged passers-by to stick around, browse at the kiosks and listen to the entertainment. “Momentum will be building throughout the two-day festival,” says Sara Robinson, Event Coordinator for Mosaïq 2014, “and people can expect world-class performers on our International Stage and at the City Hall Plaza” “As we celebrate the 10th anniversary of Mosaïq, this festival continues to showcase how Moncton is a harmonious, diverse and booming city,” said Moncton Deputy Mayor Paulette Thériault. “The City of Moncton is thrilled to have such a successful event partnership with MAGMA and we look forward to another great celebration of cultural diversity.”

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