With thanks to the graphics team at the University of the Fraser Valley, the new poster for Festival of Light: Diwali is complete and is being distributed in Abbotsford and Mission.
The event is Wednesday, Oct. 24 from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Clarke Theatre in Mission, and the team is preparing to feed 1,000 people a hot ethnic meal, provide two hours of live multicultural entertainment and offer a foyer of more than 25 commercial/community booths for a special bazaar.
Best part about all of this is the fact there is absolutely NO ADMISSION FEE!
Host Mission Community Services Society is looking forward to the media support provided by Mission Record, The Abbotsford News, Punjabi Patrika and What’s On! Mission. Look for a full page of colour promotions for this Diwali event in the What’s On! Mission Magazine in the September-October edition (thank you Ellen).
Satti Grewall is not only an emcee with Kelly Chahal at this year’s event, his huge Swing Optical highway sign between Mission and Abbotsford will promote the event during the month of October.
Abbotsford Community Services is joining us as a major sponsor, and Save On Foods is providing the food that will be cooked at the Abbotsford Sikh Temple. District of Mission and the Province of BC are providing important funding again this year!
Life is about eating, dancing, celebrating. Culture is about understanding, involvement, and exploring the magical differences of people from all over the world.
Festival of Light: Diwali on Wednesday, Oct. 24 promises a free public night of ethnic food, multicultural stage performances and a community bazaar.
“The fun, family-friendly festival helps Mission and its neighbours become a more engaging, cohesive and knowledgeable community in cultural diversity,” said Sanjay Gulati, executive director of Mission Community Services Society (MCSS).
The night is special because of community participation, said MCSS organizing team chair Rick Rake who has engaged an impressive lineup of lead festival sponsors and the strong support of SARA for Women, United Way of the Lower Mainland, Ajay Construction, Costco, Mission Rotary, Clarke Theatre, and Mission School District leadership students.
After you’ve enjoyed your free ethnic meal, take your seat to connect with the lively multicultural rhythms and then browse the community/commercial bazaar. The lighted Diwali gates at Clarke Theatre are awaiting your arrival at 5 p.m.