If there is a theme for community celebrations in the City of Langley this year, it is probably “change.”
It all begins later this month, with the introduction of the Langley Pops Festival — an Arts, Culture and Heritage event, which will take place in Douglas Park on May 23.
This will actually be the fifth year for the spring celebration, which was formerly known as the Arts Culture and Heritage Open House.
The celebration provides local artists, organizations and the community the opportunity to gather, experience and celebrate the arts in the community.
The event runs from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. with live entertainment throughout the day, along with interactive displays, children’s face painting and balloon art, and activities and displays that appeal to all ages.
The celebration began as an initiative of the City of Langley’s Recreation, Culture and Public Art Advisory Committee to showcase the art opportunities that exist in the City of Langley for the community.
Vendor opportunities are available for exhibitors who want to sell their handcrafted, locally grown or produced products. The City is also looking for non-profit exhibitors and food vendors to take part in the festival.
This June, instead of a parade, the City of Langley’s 60th birthday will be the main focus of Community Day celebration taking place in Douglas Park.
Historically, the event has included a parade, however, over the last four years, there has been a visible decline in the number of spectators and parade participant registrations have dropped by 36 per cent, according to the City.
This year, event organizers have put the parade on hold and will instead focus resources on expanding the popular festival side of the event. It will take place on June 20 and more details will be revealed as they become available.
In addition to new interactive displays and more live entertainment, the event will feature family-fun activities to celebrate 60 years since the City of Langley’s March 15, 1955 incorporation.
“Our committee is busy planning an exciting day that will feature amazing local talent and entertainment that will appeal to a wide range of ages and interests,” said committee chair, Mayor Ted Schaffer.
“I encourage everyone to come out, have some fun and celebrate the important role community plays in everyday life.”