Mosaïq Multicultural Festival 2019 - 15th edition programming
Celebrating 15 Years of the Mosaïq Multicultural Festival!
For the last 15 years, downtown Moncton has been the place where the world has come together to celebrate, eat, dance, sing, and learn, thanks to the Mosaïq Multicultural Festival, co-presented by the City of Moncton and the Multicultural Association of the Greater Moncton Area. Now a classic in the city’s summer festival roster, Mosaïq ﬁlls downtown Moncton with the tastes, smells, sights, sounds, and languages of the world, in a celebration of international culture and our region’s increasing diversity. This year, we have 2 full days and nights packed with activities for all to enjoy, so mark your calendars for July 19th and 20th, 2019!
Much like our region’s diversity, Mosaïq has evolved over the years and transformed itself into the largest multicultural festival in the province. What started out as a small carnival on St George Street has now become a local landmark that attracts over 5,000 people to the Riverfront Park over the course of two days for musical, gastronomical, and cultural entertainment. “The Riverfront Park has proven to be a wonderful home to our festival as we aim to connect the tri-community area and attract more families and youth to participate in fun, educational programming around multiculturalism,” says Myriam Mekni, MAGMA’s Executive Director. “The amount of children and families that come to enjoy the festival has grown steadily, and that is important to us since we would like to engage more youth in dialogue around diversity, collaboration, and inclusion - they’re our future community leaders after all!” adds Mekni. Every year, the Kids’ Pavilion is packed with children from local daycares and day camps creating crafts from around the world, learning new languages, and making new friends; while the Youth Olympïqs gets them out and moving as they take part in internationally-themed sports and a myriad of activities. In its varied programming, the Festival is a wonderful event that the whole family can enjoy. The pavilions, also known as the Festival’s World Village, will also contain a dizzying array of artisan vendors, multicultural exhibits, and of course a mouth-watering variety of international foods which pair nicely with the Festival’s beer garden, sponsored by local favourite Pumphouse Brewery.
For many newcomers, Mosaïq is one of the main avenues to stay connected to their roots, as well as experience and share their own culture with their new neighbours. “Moncton is the largest and fastest-growing metropolitan area in New Brunswick, and this is in no small part thanks to newcomers continuing to make the choice to live, work, and play here. We currently have the largest number of ethnocultural associations in Canada for a region our size, and the Mosaïq Festival allows us to continue to celebrate, embrace, and retain this diversity while empowering local cultural groups to share their culture and contributions with the community at large” says event Chair, Camelia Radu.
Year after year, the Festival provides a stage for world-class acts from across the globe. Music lovers looking for original offerings and energetic performances, rejoice with the following lineup: First off, we are ecstatic to present AfrotroniX as one of this year’s festival headliners. Originally from Chad, Caleb Rimtobaye now lives in Montreal. One of the most avant-garde and anticipated artists we have ever brought to the stage, AfrotroniX’s music fuses African rhythms with electronica-inspired compositions to create an array of futuristic and energetic performances that are sure to uplift the crowd! He has performed and toured for the last 10 years in southern Africa, Korea, Switzerland, Canada and Australia, and we can hardly wait to dance to his genre-defying creations at the Riverfront Park this summer!
In addition to this year’s progressive headliner, we are excited to announce a lineup that is sure to please crowds looking for moving, energetic, and diverse performances on our Main Stage.
Local emerging band MioKal is comprised of 6 members, each representing different countries, who now call Moncton home. Formed in 2015, MioKal’s name was inspired by the destruction of two villages, Miole and Kalungu, in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. The band aims to foster hope, love, unity, peace and reconciliation through their music and to inspire reassurance in those around them. Miokal’s repertoire includes a variety of genres such as Afro-pop, R&B and zouk, inﬂuenced by a mix of different cultures from around the world.
Originally from Algeria, Imarhan is a new wave quintet formed in 2008 to dismantle the western perception of Touareg music and to bring this genre to the world. Their music, part of a genre known as desert rock, is an intricate and passionate sound created through a complex composition of guitar riff s, pop melodies, and pan-African rhythms. The giant divide between their spiritual home and physical home is heard in their tracks: the funkier groove of Western Africa, the emptier, subtle tones of Saharan Traditional folk music and the ﬁ re and romance of Algerian Rai music. No other Tuareg release to date has had such a variance of rhythms, tempo and feeling.
Kereya is a band of Cuban origin that fuses Caribbean rhythms such as Son, Rumba, Salsa, Pilon, Cha Cha Cha, Bolero and Conga (which besides being an instrument, is a rhythm that is danced and sung). This musical group incorporates elements of Jazz, Pop, Rock, Blues and Country, and the variety makes their concerts unique. The word “Fusion” describes Kereya perfectly! They sing in Spanish but they enchant with their authentic style, poetic lyrics, and interesting harmonies, many of which are crafted by bandleader, Omar Sicilia.
Elsy is a singer/songwriter & guitarist based in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Elsy studied classical guitar, vocals and music theory for 6 years. She sings in English, French, Arabic & Spanish, and occasionally in other languages such as Italian, Portuguese, Nigerian, Persian and more. She will perform with Milad Chalhoub, also known as DJ Milo C, who has been DJing for 15 years. He specializes in a number of musical genres, and his versatility allows him to seamlessly work with artists like Elsy to create an energetic performance, hype up the crowd, and make sure everyone has a great time!
Every year has a packed roster of the best of local and international performers, and this year is no exception. “We’re thrilled to continue to honour the unparalleled legacy of inclusion at Mosaïq, all while continuing to grow and nourish the festival's relevance and appeal,” says Frederick Hryszyn, Event Co-ordinator at MAGMA.