DiverseCity Festival

Eastern Canada’s largest celebration of multiculturalism

DiverseCity in red [photo by Via Reyes]
DiverseCity in red [photo by Via Reyes]

Following its kick-off in Charlottetown in June, DiverseCity Festival will continue to spread its message of multiculturalism, diversity, inclusion and anti-racism across PEI/Epekwitk at four more locations this summer. DiverseCity Festival showcases food, music, dance, arts and crafts, community information and cultural demonstrations that represent newcomers, established settler communities, and the original people of Epekwitk, the Mi’kmaq First Nations. Admission is free and accessible to all.

“Every year we work closely with each community to host the DiverseCity Festival, and we are pleased to see how community support has grown each year. Although there is more work to be done, it is a reflection of the increasing connectedness between established Islanders and newcomers in these communities,” says Festival Manager Mark Carr-Rollitt.

DiverseCity Festival will head to Main Street in Alberton on July 9 from 12 noon–6 pm; Lefurgey Cultural Centre grounds in Summerside on July 23 from 2–8 pm; Three Rivers at Montague’s Waterfront Park on July 30 from 12 noon–10 pm; and CN Park in Souris on August 6 from 2–4 pm. 

“Hosting our festival in five communities also demonstrates just how many more people from different cultures are choosing to make PEI their home,” adds Carr-Rollit. With new arrivals comes new talent, and typically the DiverseCity Festival represents around 50 different cultures, which makes for a great day of celebration and community building.

The DiverseCity Festival is a project of the Immigrant & Refugee Services Association PEI (IRSA) whose mandate is to provide short-term settlement services, and long-term inclusion and community integration programs for new immigrants in PEI.  

 Be part of a day that celebrates Canadian multiculturalism, diversity and inclusion though music, dance, displays, information and food. 

Visit diversecityfest.com/events for more information.