Only one week until one of Greater Moncton’s Signature Summer events, the Mosaïq Multicultural Festival. Final preparations are now underway to make the 13 th edition of the Festival, held on July 21 and 22 at Riverfront Park in Moncton, a not-to-be-missed celebration.

The Festival provides a stage for our own local ethno-cultural associations to perform and share a taste of their culture with the local community. “It’s simply incredible to see the depth of talent we can put on stage and throughout the festival grounds,” says event Chair, Ajit Gautam. “We really need the two full days and nights just to have a chance to experience all the different food, music, crafts and activities. In fact, the festival has grown so large that we had to move from the front of City Hall down to the much larger grounds in Riverfront Park.”

“Every year the concert performances are incredibly impressive and this year we expect the audience to be wowed once again,” notes Sara Robinson, President of HOST Event Management. “From the Friday lunchtime performance of Afghani-Canadian group ASHK through to Friday night headliners, Inuktitut altcountry throat singing sensations The Jerry Cans and the unique calypso dub of Kobo Town closing out Saturday night, it’s first-class entertainment.”

“While we bring in the absolute best of national and international talent, it’s also an amazing chance to showcase how high the level of local performance excellence has become,” adds Gautam. “Every year we have increasing depth to choose from, as more and more people from around the world are choosing to call Greater Moncton their home.”

This year is special with the Canada 150 celebrations taking place across the nation. We start with indigenous representation on site with Kitpoo Crafts and an interactive teepee to recognize our original people, and then add in the many nationalities that have arrived since then to add their cultures and make Canada truly unique. From our wonderful national parks and monuments to locally-created crafts, we have the full range of Canada on display.

We also recognize that the future of inclusion and multiculturalism lies in the hands of the next generations, so Mosaïq has a bustling and highly-interactive youth program on site. Youngsters can try their hands at crafting African shakers, Chinese Drums and Australian boomerangs at the Kids’ Pavilion, while the more active can take to the field at the Youth Olympïqs with the Junior World Triathlon, Paramedic Teddy-bear Rescue, RBC Training Grounds or the ever-popular Muggle Quidditch World Cup.

“In the theme of Canada 150 we’ve even added some old-fashioned picnic games on Saturday,” says Justin Ryan, PR Officer for MAGMA. “Potato sack races, egg & spoon, three-legged races, flag limbo, tug-o’- war…the whole nine yards!”.

Add in the World Village, showcasing artisan vendors as well as Moncton’s multicultural exhibits to create unique shopping opportunities for all passers-by. And of course, the variety of cultural foods from Germany, Lebanon, Vietnam, Thailand, China, Hungary and more that you can find as you wander through the festival grounds will only create a dilemma of what delicious dish to have for dinner. This alone is a reason to visit the Festival both days!

For more information or for an interview, please contact Danielle Leger, Event Coordinator for Mosaïq Multicultural Festival ( or 506.857.8072).

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