(Moncton – August 9, 2022) – The YMCA Community Action Network (YCAN) is thrilled to announce CultureFest 2022 – A Celebration of Immigrant Experiences and Multiculturalism. CultureFest 2022 has been organized by a group of nine youth that are passionate about raising awareness about the immigrant experience and highlighting multiculturalism in the Greater Moncton Area. The group of youth have come together and collaborated with local businesses and organizations to offer the community a market style event including local vendors, multicultural entertainment, an Immigrant Experience Wall, and activities! CultureFest 2022 is scheduled to take place on Sunday, August 14th from 11am-6pm at the Centennial Park Lower Bowl Event Space.

CultureFest 2022 offers community members an opportunity to shop local vendors and foods from a variety of businesses. These businesses will be set up throughout the Centennial Park Lower Event Space. Attendees will also be able to read through an Immigrant Experience Wall; a space dedicated to highlighting the varying experiences immigrants face when coming to Canada. They will also be offering free activities for children and a variety of multicultural entertainment. Admission to the event is free and open to all ages.

The goal of the event is to promote multiculturalism, highlight immigrant experiences in the Greater Moncton Area, and have fun!

The youth in this cohort have been working hard on this project all summer long; committing more than 12 hours per week over eight weeks to make their vision come to life. They are passionate about making a difference in their community and can not wait to see CultureFest 2022 come to fruition. Anyone interested in participating in the event as a vendor/community partner is asked to contact Hannah at hannah.lapointe@ymcamoncton.ca

The YMCA Community Action Network is a national program that works with youth between the ages of 15-30. Participants are asked to come together, select a community issue they are passionate about, and develop a service project to address the issue. The group ends their time in YCAN by watching their service project come to fruition and delivering it to the community.