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by Allison Toogood (Times & Transcript)
The Mosaïq Multicultural Festival will celebrate its 10th anniversary in downtown Moncton this summer on July 18 and 19. Preparations are now underway by both the team at the Multicultural Association of the Greater Moncton Area and the City of Moncton, who are building on last year’s successes. According to a press release about the event, the organizers will add to the re-imagined Kids’ Pavilion, with numerous activities for the whole family. The World Village, which encourages passersby to stick around, browse at the kiosks and listen to the entertainment, will also be revamped. “Momentum will be building throughout the two-day festival,” Sara Robinson, event co-ordinator for Mosaïq 2014 said in the press release. “People can expect world-class performers on our International Stage and at the City Hall Plaza.” The continually evolving nature of Metro Moncton’s multicultural landscape, including the recently formed Russian Cultural Association, shows why events like Mosaïq are important to the region’s well-being and continuity, the association’s board president said. But Mike Timani said both newcomers and those who have been here for years, supporting the festival and other endeavours, need to be recognized equally. “While we are always happy to open our doors to performers coming from all over the world, 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 association notes the concert lineup will reflect that aim and will showcase a mix of local, national and international talent. Mosaïq was first named Multicultural Rendez-Vous back when it began a decade ago. It was originally comprised of simple activities, such as community picnics and film showings, but the event got a boost – and a new name – in 2010, when the IAAF world track and field championships came to town. The city teamed with the multicultural association and the festival moved to the downtown core, giving the world and Monctonians a peek at how vibrant and diverse the region really is. “As we celebrate the 10th anniversary of Mosaïq, this festival continues to showcase how Moncton is a harmonious, diverse and booming city,” Moncton Deputy Mayor Paulette Thériault said in a statement.“The City of Moncton is thrilled to have such a successful event partnership with (the association) and we look forward to another great celebration of cultural diversity.”

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