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Ethiopians: Be Part of the Fusion Festival in Surrey

Happy Canada Day to everyone!

Last year, I attended a great event in Surrey, called “Fusion Festival”. It was a great event as there were many fusions of nations that participated. There were countries from Asia, Europe, Caribbeans and South America. The only African nation that participated was Kenya despite Ethiopians numbering at least ten times the population of Kenyans in the lower mainland.

At that event, each country had its own two tents – one tent was to sell food, cultural items, etc. and the next door tent was basically an information booth about that particular group. Despite the few thousand of us Ethiopians living in the Vancouver area, we did not have a presence at the event. I really felt bad that we Ethiopians in diaspora are still half sleep, perhaps, I should say fully asleep.

I have not heard so far whether the Ethiopian community will be participating in this year’s festival or not, but I hope that if we don’t make it this year, we will make it next year in 2011.

In about a couple of weeks, on July 17 and 18, 2010 – the same event will take place at the same location in Surrey. The event will be at Holland Park (King George Boulevard and 100 Avenue).

To view the map location of the event, please click here.

For the Street View, please click here.

If you are coming from Vancouver, Burnaby or New West and want to take a transit, hop on the Expo Line Sky Train and get off at the last stop in Surrey (King George Boulevard) Sation.

The festival promises to be entertaining as last year; so I encourage all Ethiopians in town to come out and share the fusion of nation’s excitement. There are great performances lined up, so bring your family and friends, relax and enjoy the free celebrations.

Hey, come out and enjoy such multicultural events – no body will come and meet you at home or at Ethiopian cafes. So, get out and be part of your community.

For more info, please check out the city of Surrey’s Fusion Festival official website:

Here is the scheduled events:

My next blog entry will be on Thursday July 8, 2010.

Mullkam Samint!


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  1. I felt the same way when I attended the event last year. We have such rich culture to share it with the rest of the world. Hopefully we will be part of it next year if not this year. I heard from the radio that the Ethiopian community is organising an event called ‘Ethiopian Day’ on August 28/10.I am hoping we all come out and support our community and if possible participate in the event

    Comment by lilly | July 4, 2010 | Reply

    • Hi Lily,
      I agree on your comment. We have to support our community to the coming Ethiopian Summer Festival which will he held on August 28, 2010 @ Richmond Park Burnaby. I heard from my friend the Ethiopia community needs more Volunteer for that event. If you need to participate as a volunteer, please visit their website @

      Comment by surrey | July 4, 2010 | Reply

  2. I also attended the “Fusion Festival” last year. It was a fun event. Entertainment, Music and Dance, Culture, art, Clothing and Crafts. It is good for Ethiopians to Introduce Ethiopian culture to Canadian and other Communities and Provide Ethiopian-Canadian business an opportunity to market their goods and services.

    Comment by surrey | July 4, 2010 | Reply

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