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More than 250 performers to take the stage at Coquitlam's World of Love Carnival

The two-day event at Coquitlam's Town Centre Park next month will celebrate the community's diversity and spirit.

The World of Love Multicultural Carnival brought tens of thousands to Coquitlam last year to spotlight of the region's diversity.

Organizers said the inaugural event did so well that they've decided to bring it back for 2023.

The free two-day family-friendly festival that features a variety of global performers, food, and arts and crafts, has been scheduled for a mid-September return to Town Centre Park (1299 Pinetree Way).

World of Love committee spokesperson Donald An told the Tri-City News that final preparations are underway in anticipation of another large attendance to close out summer.

More than 250 performers representing over a dozen countries and cultures are set to showcase their talents for patrons through song, music and dance.

This is set to include Argentina, China, India and Korea among others.

"Featuring diverse performances, a wide array of vendors, and a host of food trucks offering an international culinary experience, our event aims to promote understanding, respect, and appreciation for the rich tapestry of our multicultural world," added spokesperson Catherine Zhang.

"The purpose of this carnival is to highlight and cherish the unity in our diversity."

The carnival will also host a charity auction this year with all proceeds earmarked for the Eagle Ridge Hospital Foundation (ERHF).

In addition to performers, World of Love includes several activities for families to try and enrich the many cultures at the second annual festival.

Two of the key attractions include a lantern show will be set up while walking through the park, primarily featuring Qinhuai River style lanterns from Nanjing, China.

Dragons, swans and other colourful characters will be lit up in presenting plenty of photo opportunities.

As well, attendees can learn how to make a lantern through a crafts and painting workshop.

World of Love will also give residents the chance to try their hand at sugar painting — a form of traditional Chinese folk art using hot, liquid sugar to create two dimensional objects, typically done on a marble or metal surface.

Other booths will have face painting, paper cutting, incense-oriented games, tea making and Chinese calligraphy.

World of Love is scheduled for take place Sept. 16 from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Sept. 17 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

For more information and a full schedule or events, you can visit the World of Love Multicultural Carnival's website.

The schedule for the 2023 World of Love Multicultural Carnival in Coquitlam Sept. 15 to 17, which will host a charity auction for the Eagle Ridge Hospital Foundation. By Submitted