This year's Surrey International World Music Marathon will sound a lot like the city's Fusion Festival.
The second annual event, set for Sept. 29, will feature an array of performers from different cultures, organizers announced Wednesday.
Featured will be "Cultural Music Miles" – live music highlighting each mile along the marathon route. World music performers and cultural organizations will showcase their art, music, costumes and dance to celebrate Surrey’s multicultural heritage and encourage runners as they make their way through the streets of Surrey.
A total of 34 performance "stations" encompassing 18 distinct cultures will line the course.
"The new course has provided even more stations and performance areas for our local cultural groups and artists to entertain the runners," said Elizabeth Model, chair of Surrey Marathon Society. "We’re looking forward to a wonderful mix of singers, dancers, drummers and entertainers, who will animate the course as our runners attempt to set new course records”.
The list of performers includes Jamaica’s Phase III Steel Band, Philippine performers Ed & Salve plus La Riva Dance Group, VanCity Bhangra Team with dhol drummers and sitar players, Lion Dancers and traditional performers from China, New Caledonian Pipe Band and Irish dancers, Korean Traditional Arts Society drummers, dancers and musicians, Caribbean performer Mukatona, Latin American sounds from Edgar Manuela and De La Terra, plus Japanese taiko drummers, belly dancers, Palestinian Al Qods dancers, Elvis impersonators and more.
The main stage at the finish line will include renowned acrobatic performers Ache Brasil and the celebrated Langley Ukulele Ensemble, plus others. Live music and dance performances will take place all morning at the race site.
The Surrey International World Music Marathon race events include a Full Marathon, Half Marathon, Prospera Credit Union Relay, Mayors 5K Run and the Century Group Kids Fun Run. Registration is open now at www.surreymarathon.com.
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