Mother Language Festival at Surrey’s Bear Creek Park on July 17

The event will include speeches in various languages, and cultural entertainment such as songs, dances and storytelling.

  • Jul. 16, 2016 8:00 a.m.

The fourth Mother Language Festival will take place at Surrey's Bear Creek Park plaza (pictured).

NEWTON — The fourth Mother Language Festival is set for Sunday, June 17 at Bear Creek Park.

Organized by the Mother Language Lovers of the World Society (MLLWS) in partnership with the Surrey Arts Council, the event’s objective is to “bring together Canadians of various linguistic and cultural origins to celebrate their heritage and enrich Canadian multiculturalism.”

The event will include speeches in various languages, and cultural entertainment such as songs, dances and storytelling.

Performers will be of various backgrounds including Bangladesh, Chinese, Canadian, Filipino, Indian, Nepali, Sri Lankan and Tibetan.

This year, MLLWS has collaborated with the Greater Vancouver Bangladesh Cultural Association, Canada Bangladesh Community Centre and the Bangabandhu Parishad to hold a special reception for the late Rafiqul Islam and Abdus Salam, co-founders of MLLWS. They have received the highest honour from the government of Bangladesh (Swadhinota Podok 2016) as recognition of their contributions towards the proclamation of International Mother Langley Day (Feb. 21).

The event will take place at the Bear Creek Park (13750 88th Ave.) in the plaza (see map) on July 17 from 4 to 8 p.m.



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