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Emerging technologies explored at Richmond World Festival

Don Fennell   Aug-30-2017

Multi-media and cutting-edge cultural mash-ups will be centre stage in the Your Kontinent Digital Carnival, part of the Richmond World Festival on Friday, Sept. 1 and Saturday, Sept. 2 in Minoru Park, presented by Coast Capital Savings.

Photo courtesy City of Richmond


Cutting-edge cultural mashups will shine a spotlight on our connections to the land and our ideas about community and home during the Richmond World Festival this long weekend.

Media works and site-specific instillations by 23 local and national artists will be featured at the festival, presented by Coast Capital Savings, Friday, Sept. 1 and Saturday, Sept. 2 at Minoru Park.

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A mix of performance art and theatre, Your Kontinent Digital Carnival celebrates Canada 150 and incorporates current and emerging digital technologies.

“Coast Capital Savings has deep roots in Richmond, and what better way to show our love for the city’s rich multiculturalism than to partner with the Richmond World Festival? It’s a great fit for us; it’s local, free and fun,” says Wendy Lachance, director of community leadership at Coast Capital Savings. “It’s also important to us that this fantastic event is youth-focused, which aligns with our community promise to build a richer future for youth in our community.”

Featured artist Cindy Mochizuki will present a multi-media performance that combines animation, ephemera and found media sources to tell a series of short stories, reflecting on the directions, choices and paths forced on us by the impact of war. The performance begins with historical materials from the artist’s grandmother and the internment of Japanese Canadians during the Second World War.

More traditional cultural explorations will be featured in the festival’s Global Village and cultural pavilions. A highlight is the Bamboo Theatre, featuring a line-up of amazing artists and fun activities, including the Chinese Opera Tent —a colourful, behind-the-scenes look at one of Asia’s most popular art forms. Bamboo Theatre is produced by the Vancouver Cantonese Opera Society.

A free celebration of music, food and culture, the Richmond World Festival will feature over 75music and dance performances on nine stages, including headline shows by popular Canadian rockers Tokyo Police Club and Korean hip hop star Verbal Jint.

Other festival highlights include the FEASTival of Flavours with more than 50 food trucks, Culinary Stage featuring top local chefs, Kids World children’s activity area; the Artisan Marketplace with over 50 exhibitors; and Imagination World at the Richmond Public Library. Richmond Museum and Richmond Art Gallery will also be open throughout the festival.

The Richmond World Festival is produced by the City of Richmond.


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