This Friday and Saturday, the neighborhood is bringing back its community party, which will celebrate diversity with pavilions for 10 countries and three stages with live performances.
The biggest cultural celebration this side of the Lions Gate Bridge returns to West Vancouver this weekend.
This Friday and Saturday (June 3 and 4), Ambleside Park will host this year’s Bridge Festival, a day celebrating cultural diversity with fun, food and live performances from over 30 local and international artists.
The program includes multicultural pavilions, dance stages, community group booths, a kids’ zone with a zip line, interactive games and hands-on art stations.
A selection of pavilions will showcase the culture of 10 countries, each with its own traditional activities, art and cuisine.
A main stage will feature performances from acts like Mariachi Los Dorados, Sambacouver and the Whiskeydicks.
Artists like Gleneagles Scottish Country Dance Club, Roots Peruvian Folk Dance and Vanleena will grace a dance stage.
The Bridge Festival will also present Gathering of Eagles by the Squamish Symphony, a collaborative musical performance by Bob Baker, the Spakwus Slulum (Eagle Song Dancers) and the West Vancouver Youth Band’s Symphonic Band.
Food trucks at the event include Super Thai, Shameless Buns, and Dolce Amore. There will also be an international lounge with a licensing area for those wishing to grab a craft beer or other adult drink.
“A few years ago we had an exciting idea for a festival,” said Christie Rosta, manager of cultural services for West Vancouver. “Let’s celebrate and share all of our different cultures, ideas and food with each other.”
But she noted that the district is only a facilitator. “It’s a group of citizens that came up with the idea, and it’s community organizations, groups and individuals coming together to create these cultural experiences for all of us.”
“After the past two years, we think this sharing and connection is especially important. Many of us feel the need to come together in person again, and what better than to share your culture with food, dance and music with your community? Rosta said.
In 2019, West Van Community Day became Bridge Festival as the district aimed to host a more inclusive event that better reflects current cultural demographics.
Where: Ambleside Park in West Vancouver
When: Friday, June 3, 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. and Saturday, June 4, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.
For more information, visit the event website.