is an annual three day outdoor multicultural festival held at Moose Jaw's Happy Valley Park
the second weekend of each July.
Three day passes can be purchased in advance at
the Moose Jaw Multicultural Council Office located at 60 Athabasca Street East.
Three Day Passes are now Available
- 3 Day Advanced Passes -> $12.00
- 1 Day Pass -> $8.00
- Friday, July 13 -> 3:00 pm to 10:00 pm.
- Saturday, July 14->1:00 pm to 10:00 pm
- Sunday, July 15-> 1:00pm to 7:00 pm
- When accompanied by an Adult-Children 12 & Under Free.
Due to Public Health Regulations No Pets Allowed.
This festival provides an opportunity for many different cultures to come together and share their foods,
dance, music and artwork. Motif began in 1974 as a once a year event held in conjunction with the local
July 1st, Canada Day Celebration.
The festival was moved to September in 1978 and formally named "Motif".
In 1990, Motif moved to a three day event to accommodate the growing interest and number of members.
Entertainment is provided on a raised outdoor stage in a small
clearing with beautiful old oak trees to provide shade. We also encourage patrons
to bring lawn chairs and blankets "just in case"! Entertainment is showcased by the
member groups along with other special guest acts that are brought in from
out of town.
- Friday, July 13:Prince Niah, A-Praize
- Saturday, July 14: JPD Bhangra Academy, A-Praize, Ya La Habibi
- Sunday, July 15: Desperate for Haggis
Displays, artwork, crafts, and food are showcased at booths run by each member group.
The booths are set up to create a small village setting in Happy Valley Park. There is also an
additional tent set up where you can cool off and enjoy ice cold refreshments.
The Motif audience ranges from the very young to the very old. Motif has grown
over the years and has attracted people from all over Canada, the United States, and other parts
of the world. So come bring the family and travel the world in three days!
SPECIAL ATTRACTION FOR CHILDREN!
As a pilot project in 1999,
the Moose Jaw Multicultural Council introduced a Children's Cultural
Program of cross-cultural programming during Motif. The purpose of this area is to provide children
ages five through twelve the opportunity to experience various cultures through hands-on activities
such as crafts, games, songs, dance and much, much more.
All sessions are completely free and you can
sign up for as many sessions as you wish!
These activities are held all day, Friday through Sunday.