Abbyfest draws hundreds to UFV

Multicultural event hosted by UFV for first time ever

Dancers from the African nations strut their stuff during Abbyfest at UFV on Saturday.

Dancers from the African nations strut their stuff during Abbyfest at UFV on Saturday.

Cultures from all over the globe were on stage at UFV for the seventh annual Abbyfest on Saturday.

The event, which celebrates the people and traditions of countries worldwide, took over the school’s campus for the first time in its seven year existence.

It officially kicked off at 2 p.m., with a parade of nations and a welcome from Abbotsord Mayor Henry Braun and the performance of several national anthems. First Nation dancers performed, followed by a martial arts demonstration from the Sun Hang Do group.

The main stage also featured a fashion show, highlighting attires from the many different cultures. A talent show featured  dancing, singing and other performances.

Some of the crowd favourites included the Youssef family from Chilliwack. The trio of youngsters Grace, Sophie and Christopher danced and sang their way to applause.

Christopher sang traditional Lebanese songs, while his two sisters performed an Arabic style of belly dancing. Christopher, 11, said he’s been practicing singing the past two years and loves to be on stage.

“It’s so much fun, and when you can feel the crowd cheering for you it feels really good,” he said.

Sisters Grace, 9, and Sophie, 7 said putting on their flashy dresses is part of the fun.

“I just love the colours,” Grace said.

“We had so much fun and I hope we come back next year,” added Sophie.

Read the print edition of the Sept. 30 Abbotsford News for more details from the event.