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DiverseCity festivals kick off this weekend

Betty Zhang performs on the guzheng, a traditional Chinese string instrument, during the DiverseCity Multicultural Street Festival Sunday in Charlottetown. More than 80 countries were represented at the festival, which was hosted by the P.E.I. Association of New Comers to Canada. She has been playing the instrument foe eight years. The zheng or guzheng is the parent instrument of the Asian long zither family. Originally believed to have been invented during the Qin Dynasty (897-221 BC)
Betty Zhang performs on the guzheng, a traditional Chinese string instrument, during the DiverseCity Multicultural Street Festival Sunday in Charlottetown. More than 80 countries were represented at the festival, which was hosted by the P.E.I. Association of New Comers to Canada. She has been playing the instrument foe eight years. The zheng or guzheng is the parent instrument of the Asian long zither family. Originally believed to have been invented during the Qin Dynasty (897-221 BC) - Brian McInnis

Dates include Charlottetown on June 24, Montague on July 15 and Alberton on July 22

The much-anticipated DiverseCity Multicultural Festivals are back this summer with family-friendly events to celebrated diversity, inclusion and retention in all three counties across the Island.

The annual campaign is hosted by the P.E.I. Association for Newcomers to Canada.

“Our Island is growing and diversifying, and the annual DiverseCity Multicultural Festivals highlight the best of our expanding communities,” said Workforce and Advanced Learning Minister Sonny Gallant.

“As our population continues to grow, let’s come together to celebrate the communities, businesses, families and organizations that make our province mighty.”

The first of three installments is set for June 24 along Queen Street in Charlottetown.

There will be international food, crafts and culture displays, demonstrations from 2 to 7p.m., and continuous performances from 2 to 10 p.m. on the street stage. The day wraps up with a street dance featuring I and the Village playing world dance grooves

"We are proud to host DiverseCity in all three counties. These festivals continue to grow and evolve as we celebrate our 12th year in Charlottetown, and our first year in Alberton. Everyone is welcome to enjoy all that we offer, with free admission. It is the feel-good event of the summer as we celebrate what can happen when people and cultures are brought together in a safe and fun way,” says PEIANC Executive Director Craig Mackie.

On Sunday, July 15 Montague’s Waterfront Park will be filled with the sights, sounds, and tastes of DiverseCity from 2 to 10 p.m. Kings County DiverseCity will finish up with a street dance and fireworks.

And on July 22 DiverseCity Multicultural Festival will take place for the first time in Alberton on Main Street. “We are so pleased to be working with the community of Alberton to bring the festival into West Prince County,” says festival manager Mark Carr-Rollitt.

“We welcome our new media partner, The Guardian and the Saltwire Network who are helping us to spread the word, and all of our other sponsors without whom we could not offer the DiverseCity Festivals.”

DiverseCity Multicultural Festival also welcomes RBC back as its presenting partner.

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