With this year’s Westman Multicultural Festival now almost two weeks into the rearview mirror, the folks with the event have had a chance to compile and release numbers on attendance and the numbers show a good amount of growth.
Overall in terms of total numbers across all pavilions an attendance of 28,993 was reported for 2019. That compares favourably to 2018’s number of 27,235, an increase of 6.5%.
The three day Festival this year had ten pavilions, one more than a year ago. If you in stead break down stats by examining attendees per day open the average was 1160 people per day per pavilion. That also happens to come in at a 6.5% increase from 2018.
The pavilion experiencing the most growth was India, which came in at more than double last year’s three day attendance of 1800 thanks in large part to its new venue in the Dome Building on the Keystone grounds as well as longer hours. India also saw the highest overall total when adding up all three days.
Scotland had the highest daily average, seeing 3824 over its two days. Jamaica, the new kid on the block, saw almost 3000 over two days and nine of ten pavilions entertained at least 2000 total.
A big thanks to all pavilions, organizers and entertainment for their part in showcasing the wonderful diversity of cultures we have in the Wheat City!
Photo credit: Carlos Munoz