Building on last year’s success, organizers of the 11th edition of the Mosaïq Multicultural Festival, happening July 17 and 18 in downtown Moncton, have unveiled their jam-packed schedule for this free event. Taking place from 11 am to 11 pm on both days, the festival will feature kids’ activities, international cuisine and market, as well as a lively multicultural entertainment line-up. Friday’s evening concert will first start off at 5 pm, with the return of Mosaïq’s interactive Drum Circle, where everyone is invited to bring a drum representing their cultures and join in the circle. The International Stage at City Hall Plaza will then host the Celtic-duo of Wendy MacIsaac and Darren McMullen, followed by fan-favourite Suroît, and Nova Scotia-based, Adam Baldwin. Headlining on that first evening will be 2011 winner of the Galaxie Rising Star Award Wesli, with his unique brand of afro-beat and Haitian roots. Reggae vocalist Joyce N’Sana will open the Saturday evening concert at 5:45 pm, followed by the eclectic Kebeko and local sensation, Caroline Savoie. The festivities will end with Carlos Placeres in the spotlight. Placeres will bring an atmosphere of Cuba to the stage, and Monctonians and visitors alike will have no choice but to “mover el cuerpo” (move your body). The World Village will be open for business on Friday and Saturday from 11 am to 9 pm and will host international food vendors, arts and crafts merchants, as well as ethno-cultural associations from the region. “Moncton’s warm hospitality has captured the attention of international visitors this year, during the FIFA Women’s World Cup, but that friendliness is not news to the many immigrant families who now call Moncton home,” says Jean-Pierre Alexandre, Executive director of the Multicultural Association of the Greater Moncton Area (MAGMA). “Creating those connections in their new home is crucial, and that is why the many ethno-cultural associations take this opportunity to showcase their culture of origins, all the while meeting their new neighbors.” 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. “We are always looking to add some new performances to the mix,” says Ajit Gautam, Chairperson of Mosaïq 2015. “Since the Festival was founded eleven years ago, Moncton has grown to become a more diverse city and this celebration of multiculturalism bears witness to that.” The Kids’ Pavilion will also be open on both days, and will include a host of free activities, such as the Youth Olympïqs, inflatable games, crafts, mascots’ visits and workshops. The full schedule of events for the Kids’ Pavilion will be released in July. “The City of Moncton is very happy to support the Mosaïq Multicultural Festival which allows all of us to discover new cultures and embrace wonderful traditions from around the world,” says Moncton Mayor George LeBlanc. “Our community becomes more vibrant and inclusive each year as more and more newcomers choose Moncton as their home.”

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