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South Korean rapper to headline Richmond World Festival

Don Fennell   Jul-18-2017

Korean hip hop rap star, Verbal Jint will perform at the Richmond World Festival.

Photo courtesy City of Richmond


An influential South Korean rapper will be centre-stage during the expanded Richmond World Festival this summer at Minoru Park.

Known for his ground-breaking innovations in Korean hip hop rap rhyme-work, Verbal Jint will be the headliner on the Vancouver International Airport YVR Mosaic Main Stage Sept. 1. Jint is also one of the few musicians from the underground hip hop scene to have also achieved crossover mainstream success in a market saturated with K-pop.

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Popular Canadian rockers Tokyo Police Club will be in the spotlight Sept. 2.

Formed in 2005, the Toronto indie rock quartet Tokyo Police Club has won both critical and popular acclaim across Canada and internationally. The band released the well-received, two-part Melon Collie and the Infinite Radness EP in 2016 with songs Not My Girl and My House streaming up the Canadian alternative rock charts.

Popular Canadian electro-pop innovators Dragonette will also perform on the main stage Sept. 2.

“In just two years, the Richmond World Festival has become a can’t miss date on the summer calendar, winning both national and international event industry honours,” said Richmond Mayor Malcolm Brodie. “We’re delighted to be expanding the festival to two days this year. It’s a great opportunity to enjoy the many sounds, tastes and colours of our diverse community and nation as we continue our celebrations of Canada’s 150th anniversary.”

Presented by Coast Capital Savings, the Richmond World Festival is a free celebration of music, food and culture.

There will be more than 75 music and dance performances on nine stages. Other highlights include the CF Richmond Centre FEASTival of Flavour with more than 50 food trucks; the Port of Vancouver Global Village with interactive cultural activities and performances; the Bamboo Theatre and Digital Carnival, both offering diverse and innovate performances; the Cowell Auto Group Kids World children’s activity area; the Artisan Marketplace with over 50 exhibitors; and Imagination World at the Richmond Public Library.

The Richmond World Festival is produced by the City of Richmond. The Community partner is Kwantlen Polytechnic University and the accommodation sponsor is Sheraton Vancouver Airport Hotel.

Watch for additional event details to be announced soon at www.richmondworldfestival.ca and for updates follow @FunRichmond on Twitter, #RichmondWorldFest.


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