Heatwave – Celebrate Cultures

Prince George, BC – As part of the Celebrate PG grant program funded jointly by Tourism Prince George and the City of Prince George, and with funding support from The Community Support, Multiculturalism, and Anti-Racism Initiatives Program of the Department of Canadian Heritage in the amount of $75,000, Prince George will be host to a brand new cultural festival.

“On behalf of City Council, it is my pleasure to announce Heatwave – Celebrate Cultures,” says Mayor Lyn Hall. “The aim of this event is to highlight Prince George as a welcoming, multicultural, diverse, and inclusive community.”

Immigrant and Multicultural Services Society (IMSS) has partnered with Lheidli T’enneh First Nation, Le Cercle des Canadiens Français de Prince George, and the Prince George Folkfest Society to enhance and connect a series of pre-existing family-friendly community events to create a signature event that celebrates culture.

IMSS Executive Director Ravi Sexena, says “We are very pleased to be working with community partners to enhance and showcase many cultures. There are many ways for cultural associations, groups, families, or individuals to get involved, showcase, and celebrate their culture: with interactive information booths, vending, music, dances, art, food, and even a traditional dress fashion show!”

This annual event will provide free, high-caliber nightly entertainment in Canada Games Plaza to anchor a weekend festival that promotes cultural understanding, social connectedness, and community pride. The event will be held June 21-23, 2019, and will connect National Indigenous Peoples Day, IMSS’ Day of Cultures, and the Saint-Jean Baptiste Day. There will be daytime events in Lheidli T’enneh Memorial Park for National Indigenous Peoples Day and all other events will take place in Canada Games Plaza. The Prince George Folkfest Society (the organizers of Coldsnap) will provide entertainment spanning the three evenings and connecting the music to the cultural festivities.

“The value and economic impact these multi-day events bring to our community is significant for hotels, restaurants, and the Prince George economy,” says Tourism Prince George CEO, Erica Hummel. “Heatwave – Celebrate Cultures will attract regional visitors and will help increase over-night stays. In addition, it will provide more activities for local residents to attend, and more reason for out of town family and friends to visit,” says Hummel.

Upcoming event details and performance schedules will become available on www.celebratepg.com in the following weeks.

If you are interested in participating as an exhibitor, vendor, or performer, please contact IMSS at 250-562-2900 or visit www.imss.ca.

Media Contacts:

Annie Doran Manager, Marketing and Communications, Tourism Prince George

Direct: 250.649.3211   Email: doran@tourismpg.com 


Michael Kellett, Senior Communications Officer, City of Prince George

o: 250.614.7882 | c: 250.613.9087   Email: michael.kellett@princegeorge.ca






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