LINK Picnic Festival
Joy & Magic for the whole family! Get ready for engaging activities at the LINK Picnic Festival and Family Carnival Costume Parade as it celebrates its 13th year of bringing African and Caribbean art, music, and culture to Waterloo Region. The festival will be held in Kitchener’s Victoria Park on Saturday, August 25th and Sunday, August 26th.
Before the festival days at the park, the public can get involved through a free African Dance Class that begins on Thursday, August 2nd and Impromptu Drumming Workshops that occur in public spaces throughout the month.
At the park, attendees will experience a Drumming Village packed with drum and dance activities for all ages.
The Children’s Village features face painting, games, arts and crafts, races, limbo, candy art, fire truck and more.
The Mainstage will feature music by local artists eKhaya and Commando. Errol Blackwood will pump up the crowd with reggae, while the Congolese artist, Safi Amani, will delight us with a gospel performance.
The Steelpan yard will host a workshop on Saturday with performances by Acoustic Steel and Tropical Steelband on Sunday.
The highlight on Sunday is the Family Carnival Costume Parade, where the entire family can represent their country, a theme or their family and revel in their cultural heritage.
There will be trophies awarded for the top Female Reveler, Top Male Reveler and Top Mas Family.
Participants can get ready by visiting Mas(querade) Camp to borrow or create their costumes between August 20th to 22th, from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm drop-in or they can make an appointment.
"There’s ample nonstop music and activities to keep all ages energized and entertained throughout the event,” says PR Manager, Paola Novella.