We acknowledge we are situated on the traditional, ancestral, and unceded territories of the Salish Peoples, including the q̓ic̓əy̓ (Katzie), q̓ʷɑ:n̓ƛ̓ən̓ (Kwantlen), and Semiahma (Semiahmoo) land-based nations.
Surrey Fusion Festival is proud to support local Indigenous and cultural groups in our programming and planning of the event.
Surrey Fusion Festival
Surrey Fusion Festival is the ultimate celebration of food, music and culture. Festival organizers are proud to work with communities representing different ethnicities and cultures from around the world, and honour the traditions and history that they share with attendees. Since the festival’s inception in 2008, the event has grown to showcase over 50 different cultures, with pavilions offering international foods, displays of artifacts and textiles, and multiple stages featuring musical and dance performances.
In 2017, organizers – in collaboration with advisors – added an Indigenous Village to showcase and celebrate Indigenous culture through performances, displays, interactive workshops and a marketplace. In 2019, the festival partnered with the African Heritage Festival of Music and Dance to program artists from multiple African nations and cultural heritages within a new Africa Zone.
Food, Music and Culture
Food has always been a major highlight of the festival, as organizers work with local cultural community groups to run pavilions that sell authentic cuisine to attendees. The festival offered food from 45 different cultures in 2019. In addition to food, pavilions can host cultural arts tents to showcase and sell artifacts, textiles, pre-packaged food, or other culturally significant items. Surrey Fusion Festival is proud to have hosted pavilions from over 50 cultures from across the globe, including from North and South America, Europe, Africa, Asia and Oceania.
It is the festival’s mandate to provide ample opportunities for attendees to learn and engage with different cultural activities during the event, including participating in dance lessons, learning how to cook cultural cuisine, and learning about local businesses and not-for-profit organizations. The festival has something for everyone and provides attendees with a safe space to try new cuisine, experience and learn about other cultures, and spend time with friends and family.
Surrey Fusion Festival delivers a strong sense of civic pride to residents, as the festival is now recognized as the largest free multicultural festival in British Columbia and a major event in Canada. Organizers are committed to maintaining a well-organized, affordable, accessible and inclusive event that respects, reflects and celebrates the City’s diverse community. Recent national and international awards include:
2013 – Best Fair/Festival (Special Events Magazine International Gala Awards)
2014 – Best Cultural Event in Canada (Star Awards)
2017 – Best Public Event/Fair/Festival (Canadian Event Industry Awards)
2018 – Best Fair/Festival (Special Events Magazine International Gala Awards)
2019 – Best Public Event/Fair/Festival (Canadian Event Industry Awards)
Each year, organizers survey attendees to understand their festival experience, and learn how to make improvements. We are always learning and are open to modifying the festival to best meet your needs.
If you would like to participate in the festival on behalf of your culture, or would like to share your thoughts or suggestions, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
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