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 and education opportunities.
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