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Heatwave 2019 will be an engaging and fun-filled festival this June 21st, 22nd, and 23rd brought to you by the Immigrant and Multicultural Services Society (IMSS), Lheidli T’enneh First Nation, Le Cercle des Canadiens Français (CCFPG), and the Prince George Folkfest Society (PGFFS) to celebrate the cultural diversity of our community. It is comprised of a series of family-friendly community events geared towards celebrating culture, weaving them together with free nightly entertainment in Canada Games Plaza to create a weekend festival that promotes cultural understanding, social connectedness, and community pride.

There will be free, outdoor multicultural music during all three days of the festival with the aim to provide a good blend of musical style that celebrates and highlights multiculturalism and anti-racism while focusing on indigenous and multicultural performers. Canada Games Plaza will also host food vendors, interactive information booths about various cultures, vendors for wares and services, and even a traditional dress fashion show.

Anyone who wishes to celebrate their culture is encouraged to do so at Heatwave – Celebrate Cultures, as even one person can set up a great booth, sell food, or participate in the fashion show.

Schedule of Events in Canada Games Plaza:

Friday, June 21st
7:00 pm - 10:30 pm

Saturday, June 22nd
4:00 pm - 10:30 pm

Sunday, June 23rd
4:00 pm - 9:30 pm

* Schedule is subject to change.

How to be Involved

Information Booth (free)

  • Set up a 10’ x 10’ tent with information about a culture or an aspect of culture that you are passionate about!
  • Possibilities: demonstrations of an activity (how to wrap a sari, for example), interactive activities (teaching and playing a certain card game, for example), a map that highlights the geological location of a culture, photos or displays of traditional dress, or anything else that you wish to showcase about your culture. The booth does not need to be complicated, and the festival will be organized so that even one person can set up a successful booth if they wish to do so.

Information Booth with Food Tasters ($20 per day)

  • We encourage participants to set up a 10’ x 10’ Information Booth and sell bite-sized portions of a traditional food for a low price ($1-$2) so that participants at the festival can enjoy a culinary journey around the world!
  • Possibilities: This could be a single serving of a cultural dessert (like a single small cookie), or a couple of bites of a full-sized meal (such as a handful of pasta). Think sample-sized servings. Serving food samplers at an information booth is a great way to engage with people and speak about the background and history of a culture while enjoying bites of delicious food.

Food/Restaurant Vendor ($40 per day for a 10’ x 10’, $75 for a 10’ x 20’)

  • Food vendors are encouraged to sell a food taster ($1-$2), as well as dinner-sized portions of food and non-alcoholic beverages.

Goods and Services Vendor ($25 per day for a 10’ x 10’)

  • Set up a tent and sell goods (jewelry, art, homemade crafts, etc.), or provide a service such as henna, eyebrow threading, temporary tattoos, face painting, or other goods or services.
  • Things to think about: anything that you would find at a craft fair can be sold at the festival, as long as it is family-friendly; we encourage businesses, organizations, societies, and individuals to be a Goods and Services Vendor.

Performance (volunteers may receive a small honorarium)

  • Performers are encouraged to dance, sing, make music, or show Prince George other kinds of cultural or traditional talents.
  • Things to think about: This is an opportunity for interactive engagement such as teaching dance moves, call-and-response audience participation, or other crowd involvement. Please note there are limited spaces available, so please contact us soon if you are interested in being a performer.

Fashion Show (free)

  • Citizens of Prince George and beyond come in traditional clothing and participate in a fashion show to go around the world by going around the Canada Games Plaza on Saturday, June 22nd! This event is free to participate, and we have unlimited spaces so anyone can come out and celebrate cultural dress!
African Women Wearing Traditional Clothing --- Image by © Scott Stulberg/Corbis