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Rastafest is Canada’s largest celebration of Rastafarian heritage and culture. The festival is a multi-disciplined, family fun event highlighting different aspects of the Rastafari culture. The festival draws from the rich and diverse Rastafarian lifestyle, culture, and history.
Activities include: music, dance, ancestral drumming, arts/crafts market place, ital food cuisine, children/youth activities, writers’ corner and a live concert featuring national and international reggae artists from Canada, the United States of America, and the Caribbean. The festival is produced by Rastafest Inc and promoted by Masani Productions Inc. Rastafest is not only created for entertainment, fun, and excitement for the entire family but it also provides an opportunity for networking amongst small business entrepreneurs at the Kijiji Market Place.
Rastafest is a unique festival: while entertaining, it has an educational focus, i.e. an information booth is set up at the writers’ corner whereby patrons can educate themselves about the Rastafari livity through readings by Rastafarian writers. Special emphasis is placed on children and youth as active participants at the festival whereby various activities are staged in the daytime for them.