Carolyn Orazietti, Executive Director of the Burnaby North Road Business Improvement Association (BIA), wants you to mark Saturday, September 10 on your calendar for a fun-filled day for all the family.
"It's our third annual Korean Community Day," she explains. "We have a large Korean shopping district on Burnaby North Road with at least four malls featuring stores, businesses, and amazing restaurants."
A highlight of the Korean Community Day is the Women's Drumming Group.
"These women need to be seen to be believed!" says Carolyn. "They wear these fantastically beautiful costumes and they play on big drums. They're incredibly fierce."
Other activities will include a K-Pop contest, art walk, and tasty carnival food.
"The K-Pop contest is amazing," says Carolyn. "The Korean Community is so much fun; they love karaoke. It's not unusual to have a group of octogenarian women grab the microphone and sing their hearts out."
The City of Burnaby is a sponsor of the event and will be represented by various dignitaries and MLAs, plus there'll be a transit police cruiser on display.
"It's a super slick cruiser," Carolyn notes. "It’s one-of-a-kind on the Lower Mainland. We'll also be having lots of booths, giveaways, and prizes. There will be fun activities for the kids plus a bouncy castle. We really want to encourage people to come on down and meet the Korean Community. It's a big event on Burnaby North Road."
The Art walk will feature local artists, including a Dak Jongie paper umbrella display by a famous Korean Master.
If art isn't your thing, you can check out the Tea Garden, where you can relax to the sounds of classical guitar and sample some delicious Korean teas and various snacks from local restaurants.
"We'll also be promoting a fundraiser for the Lyndhurst Elementary School playground project," Carolyn adds. "The kids will have a booth and the community is encouraged to donate."
The Korean Community Day is a fun way to celebrate Korean culture and meet your Korean neighbours.
"It's showcasing the Korean area," says Carolyn, "and we want to welcome the community to experience another culture first-hand. It really is like a day of treasure hunting."
To learn more about the Korean Community Day and Burnaby North Road BIA, call 604-420-2799, check out their website, send them an email or visit their office at 303-9440 Lougheed Highway, Burnaby. North Road BIA can also be found on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.