For the first time in three years, Surrey Fusion Festival attracted thousands of people to Holland Park over the weekend, July 23-24.
It was the festival’s largest turnout in 15 years, according to the City of Surrey, although exact attendance is not recorded at the free-admission event.
The pandemic paused in-person versions of the festival in both 2020 and 2021.
The annual two-day event features music, food and culture from nations around the world, on multiple stages.
The festival’s 2022 theme “CommUNITY” was displayed at more than 40 cultural pavilions at the park. The pavilions, separated alphabetically by Argentina and Zimbabwe, are run by cultural groups and organizations from across Surrey and Metro Vancouver.
This year’s headliners included Surrey-raised R&B duo Manila Grey, plus Canadian hip-hop artist Shad, Indian-Punjabi singer Sharry Mann, Surrey’s Zora Randhawa and others.
Festival stages included World Music, Celebration, Unity, Siam, Cultural Cooking Arena, Community Dance, Global Beer and Wine Tasting, Family Fun, Storyville and Mindful Movement Space.
Presented by Coast Capital and produced by the City of Surrey, Fusion Festival is planned with the financial support of several corporate sponsors and media partners.
Photos and video of Fusion Festival filled social media over the weekend, too.
I love Fusion Festival! It’s everything that’s great about #SurreyBC It’s now been a decade since I did a few cooking presentation on one of the stages! @OldSurrey @jinnysims @SurreyForward @Newton_BIA https://t.co/2mc2ZJmt3s— Philip Aguirre (@PhilipAguirreBC) July 24, 2022
A sunny day for #FusionFestival! It's been great to see so many people come out and celebrate the diversity of the City of Surrey. A big thank you to our @sfusurrey staff + volunteers for being out in community with us today! pic.twitter.com/F0X2zJsQYV— Stephen Dooley (@SteveDooleySFU) July 23, 2022
Surrey Fusion festival,乌克兰的蓝衣服小姐姐真的是好美，我盯着看了好几眼 pic.twitter.com/s3TNSvjZZE— 无印 🇨🇦 (@James_CA_) July 24, 2022