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1983 Multicultural Festival Guelph News

Vintage Downtown Guelph 1983 Multicultural Festival

Guelph Museums needs your help identifying people in photos from the 1983 Multicultural Festival that used to be hosted at St. George’s Square, Downtown Guelph.

The Festival had its beginnings as a small downtown event in 1978, organized by the Board of Directors from The Multicultural Centre in Guelph, and was held annually in the downtown core for 10 years. After a brief hiatus, the Festival was revived in 1996 due to overwhelming interest from other cultural groups. In 1997 the Board of Directors decided on a more suitable location for the growing Festival and thanks to a partnership between the City of Guelph and local businesses, it was moved to Riverside Park the following year to accommodate more visitors, food vendors, and performers. Since finding its new location, event attendance increased from 2,000 to 25,000 people and the content of the Festival has become more extensive.

In a post on their Facebook Page, Guelph Museums writes:

The 37th Guelph & District Multicultural Festival is officially behind us and it was an absolute blast! There were so many vendors, performers, organizations, and all-around excellent people in attendance.
In honour of another successful festival, we’re looking for your aid in this edition of Who’s Who, What’s What. The images are from the 1983 Multicultural Festival during its initial ten-year run in Downtown Guelph.
Do you recognize any of the people? Can you pinpoint where they are? Let us know in the comments below, or send us a DM!
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