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EDITOR’S NOTE: Minutes after we posted this article online this morning, we received a phone call telling us it has been postponed due to impending weather. Stay tuned for a new date!

NEW GLASGOW — The 11th annual Multicultural Association of Pictou County Fusion Festival is just around the corner.

The popular event will be held at Glasgow Square on Saturday, Sept. 7, running from 11:30 a.m. until 4 p.m.

The festival provides an opportunity for newcomers, longstanding residents of the towns and surrounding areas in Pictou County as well as guests to the area to come together and celebrate the community’s growing cultural diversity.

The goal of the festival is to foster a welcoming community for all. There will be several ethnic food vendors preparing their favourite dishes, a cultural market, sports and games, henna and face painting and entertainment on the stage.

The event is presented by the Multicultural Association of Pictou County.

• 11:30-12 p.m. — Piper Brady Webb. From Westville, Webb has earned many awards including Antigonish Highland Games Amateur Piper of the Day, Atlantic Canada Pipe Band Association Champion Supreme Award for solo piping in both light music and piobaireachd, and has recently won first place at the Grade 4 North American Pipe Band Championships with Dartmouth & District Pipe Band

• 12:05-12:35 p.m. — The Aucoin Duo. Katey and Pierre Aucoin of Stellarton are direct descendants of the first settler of Cheticamp, Cape Breton. One of the Acadian traditions that has been passed on to them is the love of music and dance. Through fiddle and piano the duo enjoys entertaining audiences with toe-tapping music.

• 12:40-1:10 p.m. — Sebastien and Dylan Newell. The Newell brothers are high school students from New Glasgow. Dylan plays the fiddle and Sebastien is a vocalist and guitar player.

• 1:10-1:40 p.m. — Karol Brown. She is a 16-year-old vocalist and pianist from Little Harbour. Karol writes her own original music while accompanying herself on keyboard.

• 1:40-2:10 p.m. — Rev. Joon Ki Kim. He is a bass vocalist who will perform a variety of songs.

• 2:15-2:25 p.m. — Nivea Krisnan. Nivea will dance the Bharathanatym. This dance begs that the Fusion Festival will be showered with blessings.

• 2:30-3 p.m. — Umoja. This is a percussion band of African drummers. Umoja consists of three talented siblings: Muresia, Muriko and Murtriko Izzard.

• 3-3:15 p.m. — Joan MacDonald. Gaelic songs and stories.

• 3:15 p.m. — Terri-Lynn Riley. She is a singer who will perform inspirational songs.