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.