New cultures join Motif this year

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This weekend Motif will be celebrating their 40th anniversary, giving visitors a chance to travel the world in three days. 

The Chinese association performs at Motif in Happy Valley Park last year.

Motif is an annual outdoor festival at Happy Valley Park that offers continuous entertainment, and cultural booths selling food, drinks, art and jewelry. 

For three days, starting on Friday and running until Sunday, people will have the chance to drink, dance and eat. 

New booths to this year's festival is A Taste of Lebanon, serving Lebanese and Armenian food, as well as Mother of Africa, serving food indigenous to that region. 

With 14 booths this year, Motif will be the biggest the festival has been to date.

"We started this festival to bring awareness to the diverse culture to Moose Jaw and surrounding areas. A place for cultures to celebrate and educate children on what they're about. To see what their cultural garb is and being able to taste all the delicious food," said Jillian Taylor, Motif festival coordinator. 

There will be a ton of entertainment throughout the three days, like belly dancers, French singers, Punjabi dancers, Russian gypsy dancers and Irish and Scottish highland groups.

Also headlining Friday night is The Tilted Kilts at 9 p.m. and a Caribbean steal orchestra on Saturday night at 9 p.m.

People are encouraged to stay the entire day and are welcomed to bring blankets and lawn chairs. However, there will be picnic tables set up. 

The festival starts Friday and will run from 3 p.m. to 10 p.m., Saturday from 1 p.m. to 10 p.m., and Sunday from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Three day passes will be sold at the gate on Friday for $12, with one day passes costing $8. Children 12 and under are free. 

Geographic location: Happy Valley Park, Lebanon, Africa Moose Jaw Caribbean

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