After a brief hiatus, a non-profit organization will once again entertain those walking through Town Centre Park this weekend.
The Low Entropy Foundation — which specializes in mental health and personal development services — is bringing back its free event in Coquitlam, known as Multicultural Connections, which is set celebrate the diversity that makes up the community.
In a statement to the Tri-City News, spokesperson Mariah Liverpool says there's a full slate of dancing and musical performances set to take the TD Community Plaza stage on Saturday (July 16).
This includes Indigenous, Polynesian, East Asian, South Asian, Latin American, Persian and Scottish.
The event will begin with a traditional welcome by kʷikʷəƛ̓əm (Kwikwetlem) Elder Marie Hooper and Chief Ed Hall.
Local MLAs Selina Robinson (Coquitlam-Maillardville) and Fin Donnelly (Coquitlam-Burke Mountain) are also scheduled to speak in-between performances.
Groups and musicians taking the stage are:
- Vancouver Cantonese Opera
- Vancouver City Opera
- Shot of Scotch Vancouver
- Democratic Republic of Congo
- Jane Wylie, Indigenous hoop dancer
- Sina Hossein
- Paul Latta Dancers and Co.
At the end of the four-hour showcase, organizers will encourage interested attendees to join all the performers on stage for freestyle dance to close out the event.
Liverpool says patrons can expect to see various multi-cultural food trucks, vendors and artists on site.
As well, there's a 50/50 draw and a silent auction, in which all proceeds are earmarked for programs provided by Low Entropy.
Multicultural Connections in Coquitlam is set for Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
For more information, you're encouraged to visit the Low Entropy Foundation's website.