Organizers of the 10th edition of the Mosaïq Multicultural Festival, happening July 18 and 19, have revealed the full concert line-up, which will take place on the International Stage at City Hall Plaza, as well as the schedule of activities planned for the well-known World Village and the popular Kids’ Pavilion. Habana Café, a mix of Cuban and Québécois musicians, will be in the spotlight for the Friday night concert. The evening will start off at 5 pm, at the corner of Main and Botsford, with an interactive Drum Circle. “It seems like one of the musical instruments common to most cultures are percussions,” says Mike Timani, president of the organizing committee for Mosaïq 2014. “We invite all Monctionians to bring drums representing their culture and join in this open circle. No professional skills required!” The concert will start on the International Stage, with local band 60 LPs, followed by Servantès and Gyspy Kumbia Orchestra. Headlining on Saturday is the multiple Grammy-nominated group The Pine Leaf Boys. The world-renown Pine Leaf Boys have made a name for themselves with their wild shows and thoughtful arrangements of traditional Cajun songs. They will be preceded on stage by Acadian artist Mario Le Breton, Kayo, and local favourites Les Païens. On both Friday and Saturday, buskers from Atlantic Cirque will roam the crowd to keep everyone entertained. The World Village will be open for business on Friday and Saturday from 11 am to 10 p.m. and will host international food vendors, arts and crafts merchants, as well as ethno-cultural associations from the Greater Moncton region. The Kids’ Pavilion will also be open on both days, and will include some free activities, such as the Youth Olympïq, inflatable games, crafts, mascots’ visits and workshops. “The popularity of the Kids’ Pavilion just blew us away last year,” says Tradina Meadows-Forgeron, Executive director of the Multicultural Association of the Greater Moncton Area (MAGMA), “so our team decided to make it bigger and better this year.” Friday’s Youth Olympïq, organized in collaboration with United Way, will feature a series of sporting activities, including Muggles’ Quidditch, while Saturday’s Youth Olympïqs, in collaboration with Scouts Canada, will challenge the kids’ survival skills with activities, such as canoe races and treasure hunts. There will be a variety of ethno-cultural entertainment on Saturday morning and afternoon, at the Moncton and Dieppe Markets, as well as at City Hall Plaza, and on the previous Wednesday evening, during the Riverview Market. “Every year, I’m amazed by the energy and the enthusiasm that our local ethno-cultural associations display for the Mosaïq Festival,” says Mike Timani. “These group of volunteers rehearse and prepare for months, in order to show Moncton not only their pride in their native cultures, but also their love for their adopted home.” “The City of Moncton is very proud to partner with MAGMA to co-present the Mosaïq Multicultural Festival, now entering its tenth year,” said Moncton Mayor George LeBlanc. “This wonderful celebration has become an annual staple in Moncton, highlighting the growing cultural diversity in our community, and we are thrilled to be part of it.” For the full schedule of the Mosaïq Multicultural Festival, please visit our website at www.MosaiqMoncton.ca/schedule.

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