Indulge in summer vibes at the Richmond World Festival this August.
Canadian and international music icons Lights and Magic! have been announced as headliners for the 4th annual event.
The festival is the city’s signature event, bringing in thousands of people annually. The multicultural festival is meant to celebrate the city’s diversity through music, food sport, and art from around the world.
Richmond World Festival Activities
The festival will feature over 90 artists on nine different stages, a culinary stage, a global village, an artisan marketplace, an African zone, Your Continent Digital Carnival, Bamboo Theatre, the Wide World of Sport, and more.
Visitors will have the chance to dance to bhangra, participate in cultural art projects, challenge your friends to a sumo competition, or browse the international marketplace for global treasures.
Additionally, FEASTival of Flavours will be there, boasting 50 of the region’s best food trucks.
The best part? The whole thing is free (not including the cost of food).
Headlining the main stage on Friday, August 31st, Lights is a riveting performer and innovative songwriter. Always pushing boundaries, the alt-pop phenomenon has never shied away from a challenge.
Magic! is a Toronto-bred, Los-Angeles-based quartet who scored the song of the summer, Rude – a buoyant reggae-pop tune that held the No. 1 spot on the Billboard Hot 100 for six weeks!
Other festival performers include:
- Desi Sub Culture
- Elijah Woods X Jamie Fine
- Canadian YC Chinese Orchestra
- Vashaan Ensemble
- JAM (Japanesque Ambient Movements)
- Milk Crate Bandits
- Samba Fusion
- Vancouver Okinawa Taiko
- Wailele Wai Wai
- Fresh Groove Productions
- Brazilian Swag
- Roots Peruvian Folkklore Dance Group
- Ballads of Greece
- VOC Sweet Soul Gospel Choir
- Hilario Duran “Contumbao”
- Rangla Punjab Arts Academy
- SFU Giddha Club
- Yusuke Hoshi
- Eire Born Irish Dance Co
- Hint of Lime
- Phyllis Adelyne
- Stories on Wheels
- Vancouver Puppet Theatre
- Yuki The Funny Yukalator
- Matt Henry
If you’re heading over on a bicycle, the festival has a free Wheel Watch. Hosted by the Richmond Green Ambassadors, it’s a ‘coat check, but for bikes.’
When taking transit, take the Canada Line and get off at the Richmond-Brighouse station. Walk through Richmond Centre, which is across the street, and the festival is a short distance away. If you’re on a bus, you can take either the 410, 407, 402, 403, 404, or C94.
Parking at the festival is limited, so when arriving by car, be mindful. Parking will be available at the south parkade at Richmond Centre, Richmond City Hall, and along the neighbourhood streets.
Richmond World Festival 2018
Location: Minoru Park - 7191 Granville Avenue, Richmond
Time: Friday 4PM-10PM, Saturday 11AM-10PM
Date: Friday August 31st, 2018 - Saturday September 1st, 2018