Multicultural Celebration – September 23

Join the Downtown Vernon Association and thousands of people from across the North Okanagan as we celebrate cultural diversity in our community during this FREE festival!

Civic Plaza and Spirit Square will come alive on September 23, 2017 with delicious food, upbeat music, cultural performances, art and history activities and educational opportunities for all ages.

The Respect Stage will be rocking throughout the day as local reggae and calypso group ChipkoJones kick off the celebration in the morning, join world fusion group Barefoot Caravan on a raw and true musical journey in the afternoon and just try and stay seated as  Zimbamoto brings their electrifying and high-energy African beats to Vernon from Vancouver, BC.

In addition to exciting musical acts, Autrey Bell, the Chidorai Japanese Dance Group, local Bhangra artists, Chinese fan dancers, O’Keefe Ranch and the Allan Brooks Nature Centre will be gracing the Cultural Corner Stage with interactive programming throughout the day.

Mollie Bono, Okanagan-Similkameen, has a deep and personal understanding of the history of the Okanagan/Similkameen and other Interior Salish First Nations and will be offering three workshops throughout the day focused on the History of the First People – an excellent opportunity for anyone who is motivated to change or is willing to look within to succeed.

Mark your calendars and join us as we celebrate respect and diversity in the North Okanagan!

What: RespectFEST Multicultural Celebration

Where: Civic Plaza & Spirit Square (near the Museum & City Hall)

When: Saturday, September 23 10am-4pm

Full Schedule of Events:

RESPECT Stage Lineup:

10:00am             Opening Remarks

10:30am             Chipko Jones

11:30am             Steel Wound

12:45pm             Barefoot Caravan

2:00pm               Zimbamoto

Cultural Corner Stage Lineup:

10:15am             Allan Brooks Nature Centre

11:00am             Native Dancing – Autrey Bell

11:45am             Bhangra Dancing

12:00pm             Chinese Fan Dance

12:30pm             O’Keefe Ranch

1:00pm               Dazza Hip Hop

2:00pm               Chidorai Japanese Dancing

2:30pm               Okanagan Storytelling with Mariel Belanger

3:15pm               Native Dancing – Autrey Bell


11:00am             Percussion Workshop hosted by Barefoot Caravan

12:00pm             The Evolving role of Interior Salish Women hosted by Mollie Bono

1:15pm               The Value of Healing and Reconciliation hosted by Mollie Bono

2:30pm               Smudging hosted by Mollie Bono

*Space in workshops is limited and will be on a first-come, first-serve basis.

A smudge will take place at 3:30pm as a way of bringing participants together in a circle of healing and provide an opportunity for clearing the area and individuals.