Innovative performers fuse cultures at Richmond World Festival

Multi-media and cutting-edge cultural mash-ups will be centre stage in the Your Kontinent Digital Carnival, part of the Richmond World Festival on Friday, September 1 and Saturday, September 2 in Minoru Park, presented by Coast Capital Savings.

“Coast Capital Savings has deep roots in Richmond, and what better way to show our love for the city’s rich multiculturalism than to partner with the Richmond World Festival? It’s a great fit for us; it’s local, free and fun,” says Wendy Lachance, Director, Community Leadership at Coast Capital Savings. “It’s also important to us that this fantastic event is youth-focused, which aligns with our community promise to build a richer future for youth in our community.”

The Digital Carnival, co-produced by Cinevolution and curator Wynne Palmer, features cutting-edge media works and site-specific installations by 23 local and national artists. In response to Canada 150, the Carnival will shine a spotlight on our connections to the land and our ideas about community and home. Cultural explorers will discover a mix of performance art and theatre, audio/sound art, video project, mixed media installations, projection mapping, generative work, shadow puppet theatre and interactive opportunities, incorporating current and emerging digital technologies.

Featured artist Cindy Mochizuki will present a multi-media performance that combines animation, ephemera and found media sources to tell a series of short stories, reflecting on the directions, choices and paths forced on us by the impact of war. The performance begins with historical materials from the artist’s grandmother and the internment of Japanese Canadian during World War Two.
Elsewhere more traditional cultural explorations will be featured in the festival’s Global Village and cultural pavilions. In the Global Village, multicultural entertainment, displays and interactive fun will ship you virtually around the world and provide a kaleidoscope of new experiences. Another highlight is the Bamboo Theatre, featuring a line-up of amazing artists and fun activities, including the Chinese Opera Tent – a colourful, behind-the-scenes look at one of Asia’s most popular art forms. Bamboo Theatre is produced by the Vancouver Cantonese Opera Society.

A free celebration of music, food and culture, the Richmond World Festival will feature over 75 music and dance performances on nine stages, including headline shows by popular Canadian rockers Tokyo Police Club and Korean hip hop star Verbal Jint.

Other festival highlights include the FEASTival of Flavours with more than 50 food trucks, Culinary Stage featuring top local chefs, Kids World children’s activity area; the Artisan Marketplace with over 50 exhibitors; and Imagination World at the Richmond Public Library. Richmond Museum and Richmond Art Gallery will also be open throughout the festival.

Full event details are at www.richmondworldfestival.ca and for updates follow @FunRichmond on Twitter, @RichmondWorldFest on Facebook and Instagram, as well as the #RichmondWorldFest hashtag.

The Richmond World Festival is produced by the City of Richmond and presented by Coast Capital Savings. Mosaic Main Stage sponsor is Vancouver International Airport (YVR); the Global Village is sponsored by Port of Vancouver; the FEASTival of Flavour is sponsored by CF Richmond Centre and Kids World is sponsored by Cowell Auto Group. Community partner is Kwantlen Polytechnic University and accommodation sponsor is Sheraton Vancouver Airport Hotel. Media sponsors are CTV, 94.5 Virgin Radio, Richmond News, Georgia Straight, Kiss Radio,102.7 The Peak, Z95.3, and Miss 604.

The Richmond World Festival is part of Richmond Canada 150, a year-long program of events and activities. For more information visit www.richmondcanada150.com.

City of Richmond to honour Olympian Evan Dunfee

The City of Richmond will honour local Olympian Evan Dunfee on Saturday, September 3 as part of the Richmond World Festival celebrations happening in Minoru Park.

A special salute to Dunfee will take place at 6 p.m. on the World Festival main stage. Following the brief ceremony, Dunfee will be available for an autograph signing at the Olympic Experience tent on the festival grounds until approximately 7 p.m.

Dunfee, a Richmond resident and competitive race walker, won international acclaim in the recent Rio 2016 Olympic Summer Games. Competing in the 50-kilometre race walk, Dunfee finished fourth, while setting a new Canadian record for the event, both notable achievements.

However, it was his actions post-race that brought him international attention. Dunfee was in contention for a medal throughout most of the race. With a few minutes to go in the race, he was bumped by another competitor as they were vying for third place position in the race. The bump disrupted Dunfee’s stride and he came in fourth.

An initial post-race appeal resulted in the other competitor being disqualified for interference, which would have resulted in Dunfee winning the bronze medal. That ruling was subsequently overturned, but Dunfee still had the opportunity of making a further appeal in an effort to be awarded a medal.

However, Dunfee declined pursuing further appeals explaining in a statement that: “Contact is part of our event, whether written or unwritten and is quite common, and I don’t believe that this was malicious or done with intent. Even if an appeal… were successful, I would not have been able to receive that medal with a clear conscience, and it isn’t something I would have been proud of.”
Dunfee’s display of sportsmanship versus winning a medal drew worldwide acclaim and he was praised as one of the true “heroes” of the Rio Games providing inspiration to youth and others across the globe.

The City of Richmond is proud to officially recognize Dunfee’s accomplishments at the Rio 2016 Games and his true embodiment of the Olympic spirit.

The Richmond World Festival runs from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday in Minoru Park. Admission is free. Events details are at www.richmondworldfestival.com

Foodie favourites featured at the Richmond World Festival

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Feast your eyes on spectacular culinary feats at the Richmond World Festival presented by Coast Capital Savings. This day-long celebration of Richmond’s cultural diversity through music, food and sport takes place on Saturday, September 3. There is something for everyone and admission is free.

“Coast Capital Savings’ community promise is to help build a richer future for youth in our community,” said Wendy Lachance, director of community leadership for Coast Capital Savings. “One of the focuses of our Youth Get It Community Investment Program is to support events and programs that bring community together and that promote inclusiveness and belonging. The Richmond World Festival is a great example of an event that does all of that.”

Catch the Greater Vancouver region’s top chefs on the festival’s Culinary Stage as they cook signature dishes in the intimate and interactive setting. This year’s Culinary Stage includes talent from siblings Skylar and Chloë, a kid culinary team; Chef Hamid Salimian, captain of Culinary Team Canada; Chef Tammy Wood, a Masterchef Canada home cook with a specialty in wild game; and many more. This year’s Culinary Stage focus is on locally sourced food with a fusion theme. Did we just hear your stomach rumble?

Once the Culinary Stage team gets your mouth watering, head on over to the FEASTival of Flavours and get your snack on. The FEASTival is an international food truck festival featuring more than 40 of the lower mainland’s best food trucks. Choosing between tacos, dumplings, curries, barbecue meat, perogies, noodles and poutine may prove to be your biggest challenge of the day. Dive into some delicious poutine, scarf down a kebab and wash down your meal with fresh lemonade… but save room for sugar coated waffles as dessert.

The Richmond World Festival features over 60 music and dance performances on nine stages, including a free performance by Walk Off The Earth, the Global Village with interactive cultural activities and performances, the Your Kontinent Digital Carnival, Artisan Marketplace, Wide World of Sports and more.

The Richmond World Festival is produced by the City of Richmond and presented by Coast Capital Savings. The Main Stage sponsor is YVR; Global Village is sponsored by Port of Vancouver; the Fusion Culinary Stage is sponsored by Richmond Centre and Kids World is sponsored by Cowell Auto Group. Community sponsors are Kwantlen Polytechnic University and Sheraton Vancouver Airport Hotel. Media sponsors are CTV, 94.5 Virgin Radio, Richmond News, Georgia Straight, Kiss Radio,102.7 The Peak, Z95.3, and Miss 604.

Visit www.richmondworldfestival.com for event details and for updates follow @FunRichmond on Twitter, #RichmondWorldFest.

#GetPacking with YVR Airport

 

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Want to win two round trip tickets to almost anywhere in the world? Of course you do! The Mosaic Main Stage sponsor YVR will be bringing their insanely fun Get Packing game to the Richmond World Festival! Prove you’re the best by trying to get all of the items into the suitcase before the clock runs out! Win some awesome YVR swag and enter into a draw to win two round-trip tickets to anywhere that YVR flies.

Make sure to follow our friends at YVR for their Summer Festival Series and connect with them online via Twitter and Instagram using #GetPacking for even more chances to win.

ABOUT VANCOUVER AIRPORT AUTHORITY

Vancouver Airport Authority is a community-based, not-for-profit organization that manages Vancouver International Airport (YVR). Canada’s second busiest airport, YVR served 20.3 million passengers in 2015. Fifty-five airlines serve YVR, connecting people and businesses to more than 120 non-stop destinations worldwide. YVR was voted Best Airport in North America for the seventh consecutive year in the 2016 Skytrax World Airport Awards. Vancouver Airport Authority is a dedicated community partner and in 2015 donated more than $900,000 to local organizations. They are committed to creating an airport that British Columbia can be proud of: a premier global gateway, local economic generator and community contributor. For more information, please visit www.yvr.ca.

Digital talent to hit the stage and screen at Richmond World Festival

Richmond, BC – Cinevolution’s Your Kontinent Digital Carnival is back for another evening of innovative audio-visual storytelling at the Richmond World Festival, presented by Coast Capital Savings.

This year’s Digital Carnival will celebrate cutting edge digital technology and promising media artists from metro Vancouver and Canada. Festival guests can look forward to unique and compelling pieces that incorporate sound, image, movement and more. The Digital Carnival runs from 7:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. in the Global Village presented by Port of Vancouver. The Richmond World Festival is a free day-long celebration of music food and culture that runs from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Saturday September 3.

Cinevolution launched the Digital Carnival in 2012 with the mission to bring new media art works outside of the Vancouver art scene into the community. Joining the Richmond World Festival in 2015 has helped their program reach a much broader audience.

“Seeing so many kids and parents, who normally wouldn’t have chance to experience this type of art, are so engaged with the artists and their creation, it really feels rewarding,” said Lynn Chen, program director of Cinevolution. “We really hope these artistically innovative, socially relevant, and emotionally engaging media art works will generate curiosity, expand perspectives and enrich the conversation about the world we are living today.”

Water is the theme of this year’s Digital Carnival, highlighting social, political, scientific, cultural and philosophical aspects seen in our river and ocean fronting community and beyond.

“This exhibition explores our current relationship with water and aims to foster a more mindful and meaningful relationship through reflection, introspection, advocacy and activism to prioritize its importance for future generations,” said Wynne Palmer, a Vancouver-based integrated media artist and curator of this year’s Digital Carnival.

The Digital Carnival’s featured artist this year is Sammy Chien, a Taipei born, Vancouver-based media artist.

Before the Digital Carnival gets started, stop by the Richmond Youth Media Festival – a unique hands-on opportunity for young people to engage in the exciting world of digital media. Take in some award winning films, create your own animation, videos, Gifs, music, and showcase your talent together with professional media artists at the Your Kontinent Digital Carnival. The Richmond Youth Media Festival runs from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Richmond Cultural Center.

Both the Richmond Youth Media Festival and Your Kontinent Digital Carnival are presented by Cinevolution Media Arts Society. Based in Richmond, BC, Cinevolution decentralizes arts and endeavour to plow a new ground for connecting artists and academics to the community.

 

The Richmond World Festival features over 60 music and dance performances on nine stages, an international food truck festival with more than 40 food trucks and the Culinary Stage, the Global Village with interactive cultural activities and performances, Artisan Marketplace, Wide World of Sports and more.

 

The Richmond World Festival is produced by the City of Richmond and presented by Coast Capital Savings. The Main Stage sponsor is YVR; Global Village is sponsored by Port of Vancouver; the Fusion Culinary Stage is sponsored by Richmond Centre and Kids World is sponsored by Cowell Auto Group. Community sponsors are Kwantlen Polytechnic University and Sheraton Vancouver Airport Hotel. Media sponsors are CTV, 94.5 Virgin Radio, Richmond News, Georgia Straight, Kiss Radio,102.7 The Peak, Z95.3, and Miss 604.

 

Visit www.richmondworldfestival.ca for event details and for updates follow @FunRichmond on Twitter, #RichmondWorldFest. For more information on Cinevolution, visit www.cinevolutionmedia.com.

CONTEST! Personalize Sunglasses at Richmond World Fest, Enter to Win a Coast Capital Savings Prize Pack!

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Grab your shades and gear up for end of summer fun at the Richmond World Festival presented by Coast Capital Savings!

Our presenting sponsor, Coast Capital Savings will be celebrating the sunshine with a sunglasses personalization station! Show off your artistic side by grabbing a pair of free sunglasses to decorate. Snap a photo of yourself in your awesome new shades and put it on the photo wall for a chance to win a Coast Capital Savings prize pack worth over $400! On top of that, Coast Capital will also donate $1 to the Canadian Cancer Society for every entry! What’s not to love?

We’re so glad to Have Coast Capital Savings on board as the presenting sponsor for the Richmond World Festival for the second year!

About Coast Capital Savings:

Coast Capital Savings is Canada’s largest credit union by membership. A recipient of the 2015 “Outstanding Corporation” Giving Hearts Award, the credit union invested $5 million into local communities in 2015, focusing on empowering and engaging youth. Coast Capital is one of Canada’s 10 Most Admired Corporate Cultures™, a member of Canada’s Best Managed Companies Platinum Club, and an Imagine Canada Caring Company. It has 50 branches serving its 532,000 members in the Metro Vancouver, Fraser Valley, Vancouver Island and Okanagan regions of British Columbia. Product innovations include Canada’s first free chequing account from a full-service financial institution. To learn more, visit coastcapitalsavings.com.

Walk Off The Earth to headline the 2016 Richmond World Festival

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Richmond, BC – Reigning Juno Group of the Year Award winners and international YouTube sensations Walk Off The Earth will headline the 2nd annual Richmond World Festival on Saturday, September 3 in Richmond’s Minoru Park. Richmond World Festival is a free event and is presented by Coast Capital Savings.

“The Richmond World Festival is a fun, free celebration of the rich diversity we enjoy in Richmond and all across Canada,” said Mayor Malcolm Brodie. “It’s a great opportunity to sample the sounds, tastes colours and other unique cultural characteristics that are all part of our community with entertainment and activities for all age groups and interests.”

Walk Off The Earth had already established a significant global following when their cover of Gotye’s Somebody I Used To Know, featuring all five band members performing the song on a single guitar, ignited the blogosphere, with 172 million YouTube views and counting. That success landed the band a recording contract with Columbia Records. To date, they’ve accumulated almost half a billion cumulative views and more than 2.3 million subscribers and the 2016 Juno Group of the Year Award. They are one of the few artists to continually find success on both DIY online platforms and throughout the traditional music marketplace, with their catchy collection of original songs and uniquely choreographed video covers of popular hits.

Joining Walk Off The Earth on the evening YVR Main Stage will be popular local favorites Delhi 2 Dublin. Mixing bhangra, Celtic and other beats earned them the label “United Nations of rock ‘n’ roll.”  Coupled with an incredibly energetic live show, their cross-cultural fusion has made Delhi 2 Dublin a popular festival favourite across Canada and around the world.
A day-long celebration of music food and culture, Richmond World Festival runs from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Saturday September 3. Admission is free.  The festival features over 60 music and dance performances on nine stages, an international food truck festival with more than 40 food trucks and the Culinary Stage, the Global Village with interactive cultural activities and performances, the Your Kontinent Digital Carnival, Artisan Marketplace, Wide World of Sports and more.

The Richmond World Festival made a strong debut in 2015, drawing 25,000 participants and winning the Most Outstanding Event in Canada at the 19th annual Canadian Event Industry Awards, a huge achievement for a first-time event. 2016 promises to build on that success with an exciting line-up.  Watch for additional event details to be announced soon at www.richmondworldfestival.ca and for updates follow @FunRichmond on Twitter, #RichmondWorldFestival.

The Richmond World Festival is produced by the City of Richmond and presented by Coast Capital Savings. Main Stage sponsor is YVR; Global Village is sponsored by Port of Vancouver; the Fusion Culinary Stage is sponsored by Richmond Centre and Kids World is sponsored by Cowell Auto Group. Community sponsor is Kwantlen Polytechnic University. Media sponsors are CTV, 94.5 Virgin Radio, Richmond News, Georgia Straight, Kiss Radio,102.7 The Peak, Z95.3, and Miss 604.

World Festival nominated for Canada’s Most Outstanding Event

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The inaugural Richmond World Festival has been nominated for two Canadian Event Industry Awards in the Best Public Entertainment Event or Festival and the Most Outstanding Event Over $200K categories.  The awards are presented in Toronto on March 31st as part of their CSE Live event conference and gala.

The City of Richmond would like to thank the extensive team of volunteers, community, suppliers, staff, and sponsors for their part in making the event a success.  We are busy planning year two which is now set for September 3rd, 2016.  Look for an updated website to launched in the coming weeks.

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Best Public Entertainment Event or Festival

  • BaAM Productions, Toronto, ON for Closing Ceremony of the Toronto 2015 Parapan American Games
  • BRANDLIVE Management Group,Vancouver, BC & and The NYE Celebration Society for NYE VANCOUVER 2015
  • City of Richmond,Richmond, BC & John Donnelly & Associates Events Marketing Inc. Vancouver, BC for Richmond World Festival
  • City of Surrey, Surrey, BC &John Donnelly & Associates, Vancouver, BC for Surrey Fusion Festival
  • Jones & Jones Productions Ltd.,Brampton , ON for Jambana One World Festival
  • Parléview,Toronto, ON for Ontario’s Celebration Zone

Most Outstanding Event Over $200,000

  • Boom Goes the Drum,Calgary, AB for LOOK2015
  • BRANDLIVE Management Group, Vancouver, BC for NYE Vancouver 2015
  • City of Richmond, Richmond, BC& John Donnelly & Associates Events Marketing Inc. Vancouver, BC for the Richmond World Festival
  • Hala Events & Communications Inc. Toronto, ON for The Book Lover’s Ball 10th Anniversary
  • 5 Senses Meetings & Events, Toronto, ON for FIPP Worldwide Magazine Media Association International Meeting
  • Solutions with Impact, Toronto, ON for Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation KitchenAid Cook for the Cure Culinary Showdown
  • Solutions with Impact, Toronto, ON, for Health Science Centre Foundation’s Celebrity Human Race – Winnipeg
  • WestJet, Calgary, AB for WestJet Christmas Party“ Swing from the Chandelier”

FESTIVAL SPONSORS

We are offering a limited number of quality sponsorship opportunities to companies who want to engage with culturally diverse demographic. Each opportunity will be unique and your brand will be a stand out.

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