SURREY â€” Close to 95,000 people took in the city’s annual Fusion Festival last weekend (July 18-19) at Holland Park, according to event planners.
The festival featured live entertainment on four stages, more than 40 cultural pavilions and fireworks. Admission was free.
The Parade of Cultures saw seven newcomers this year, including Afghanistan, England, Iran, Scotland, Spain, Thailand and Turkey.
Winners of this yearâ€™s cultural awards:
Best Dressed Pavilion: 1st Place â€“ El Salvador, 2nd Place â€“ Tonga, 3rd Place â€“ Canada
Tastiest Bite: Indonesia
Most Musical Pavilion: Scotland
â€œFusion Festival is always such a fantastic weekend of music, food and culture in our great city,â€ stated Surrey Mayor Linda Hepner.
â€œI would like to take the opportunity to thank Coast Capital Savings for their continued support, and the numerous cultural and community groups who work together to make this wonderful large-scale event such a resounding success year after year.â€
The festival was headlined by bhangra star Jazzy B on Saturday evening and guitarist Jose Feliciano on Sunday.
â€œNow in its eighth year, Fusion Festival has become a signature Surrey event,â€ stated Councillor Bruce Hayne, chair of the Parks, Recreation & Sports Tourism Committee.
â€œAs always, the turnout was excellent, as people came from throughout the lower mainland to take part in the festivities.â€
In 2013, Surrey Fusion Festival was declared â€˜Best Festival in the Worldâ€™ at the International GALA Awards held in Nashville, following a nomination process involving top events from more than 30 countries.