One of the lower mainland's most multicultural spots, Richmond has plenty to offer in terms of global diversity. Boasting a population with the highest proportion of immigrants of any city in Canada, Richmond is proud of its heritage and always keen to celebrate the uniqueness of its people.
For those looking for an excuse to experience the cultures that make up the fabric, the Richmond World Music Festival is great.
A free celebration of music, food and culture, this years festival has not only grown to cover 2 whole days, but will feature a vastly expanded roster of talent and eats.
In just 2 years, the Richmond World Festival has become a can't miss date on the summer calender.
One of the festivals biggest draws is its performers. As well as showcasing 75 music and dance artists over nine different stages, the event has snagged 2 first class headline acts.
The Korean hip hop star Verbal Jint: a performer who has changed the face of rap in his native country. Jint was the first to create actual rhyme schemes in Korea, deftly engineering rhythmic sentences with tight gramatical accuracy.
The second headline slot will go to Ontario indie group Tokyo Police Club, which has graced stages all over the world including America's Coachella, Britain's Glastonbury festival and Germany's Rock am Ring.
More than just the music, there's plenty to keep the family occupied over the 2 days. Attendees will be fueled by the FEASTival of Flavour, comprised of more than 50 food trucks, while they check out spots like Global Village, which features interactive cultural activities and performances. The Kids World Children's activity area will give parents a chance to drop off their youngsters and sample the Artisan Marketplace which features over 50 vendors.
Bursting with entertainment and boasting free entry, there's plenty of reason to head to Minoru Park on September 1st and 2nd.