Kitchener-Waterloo

Kitchener festival to celebrate African and Caribbean communities this weekend

A long-running festival will bring members of Kitchener-Waterloo's many diverse communities together to celebrate African and Caribbean culture this weekend.

Fun, food and friendship all on the menu at this year’s LINK Picnic Festival

The Link Picnic Festival has been bringing a taste of African and Caribbean culture to K-W for the past 13 years. (Carmen Ponciano/ CBC)

A long-running festival will bring members of Kitchener-Waterloo's many diverse communities together to celebrate African and Caribbean culture this weekend.

Now in its 14th year, the annual LINK Picnic Festival is a two-day showcase of music, art, games and food.

From drum circles to hair braiding to a steel pan workshop — yes, they'll actually be teaching the instrument this year — the festival looks to both connect and showcase local African and Caribbean communities.

"By linking up and connecting with someone, I want [people] to [know] we can all learn from each other, and we all have something to offer," said Lorraine Harris, this year's master of ceremonies.

This year's LINK Picnic Festival runs Saturday, Aug. 24 and Sunday, Aug. 25 in Victoria Park.

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