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DiverseCity Multicultural Festival to take place in Alberton for first time

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 a previous DiverseCity Multicultural Street Festival in Charlottetown. -File

The dates for this year’s DiverseCity Multicultural Street Festivals have been announced for three locations in Prince Edward Island.

The festivals, hosted by the P.E.I. Association for Newcomers to Canada, will be held in Charlottetown on Sunday, June 24, Montague on Sunday, July 15; and Alberton on Sunday, July 22.

The DiverseCity festivals are free, family-friendly events celebrating diversity, inclusion and retention in all three counties across P.E.I.

“These festivals continue to grow and evolve as we celebrate our 12th year in Charlottetown, and our first year in Alberton,” said PEIANC executive director Craig Mackie. “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.”

On June 24, four blocks along Queen Street in downtown Charlottetown will be closed for the first DiverseCity festival of the summer. There will be international food, crafts and culture displays, demonstrations, 2-7 p.m., and continuous performances, 2-10 p.m., on the street stage.

The day wraps up with a street dance featuring I and the Village playing world dance grooves.

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

On July 22, DiverseCity 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,” said 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.”

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