Saanich’s Uptown was packed on Saturday (July 9) not just with shoppers, but with representatives from all of the cultures which make up the Greater Victoria community, as the first-ever Uptown Multicultural Festival got underway.
Co-hosted by Uptown and the District of Saanich, the event saw thousands fill the shopping centre’s outdoor boulevard to take in live performances, food, games, and art from around the world.
“We’ve been working with the district together on this for a considerable amount of time, getting diverse community groups from all over Greater Victoria to celebrate with us today,” said Kristy Lowes, Uptown general manager. “Uptown prides itself on being a community gathering space … this really is a natural progression for us.”
Live performances included the Lekwungen Dancers, Bollywood Beats, Chinese Lion Dancers, and the Veselka Ukrainian Dance Association, among others.
“We are overwhelmed by how many people who have come out to celebrate with us today,” said Lowes. “We estimate there is between three and four thousand people here today, so just a great turnout.”