Diverse ethnicity to be showcased at Motif festival

Lisa Goudy
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Motif 2008

This weekend's Motif festival is kind of like a Mosaic or Folk Fest in one location.

“Moose Jaw’s actually incredibly diverse … It’s not something you get to experience normally,” said festival assistant Alba Zhou with the Moose Jaw Multicultural Council. “It’s all in the one park. So it’s easier access. You don’t have to find rides from place to place and it’s fun to bring the kids down and enjoy the weekend.”

The festival takes place from Friday to Sunday at Happy Valley Park. Zhou said the park is Moose Jaw’s “gem” because it has no physical address. It is located a block away from what used to be Ross School. The park is right on the corner of Oak Street and Wolfe Avenue Northeast.

The gates are open from 3 to 10 p.m. on Friday, 1 to 10 p.m. on Saturday and 1 to 7 p.m. on Sunday. Opening ceremonies begin at 6 p.m. on Friday and the closing ceremonies are on Sunday at 6:50 p.m.

“We have a large tent where people can get shade if people want to go down,” said Zhou, adding that there is also a gazebo for similar purposes “We’d have to shut down the entertainment for safety (in case of thunderstorms) … Anyone who would like to stay down in the park is welcome to and stay under our tent and gazebo.”

For more information, see an upcoming edition of the Times-Herald.

Organizations: Moose Jaw Multicultural Council, Ross School, Times-Herald

Geographic location: Moose Jaw, Happy Valley Park, Oak Street

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