Performers

Local “Yetiz” band has been performing Nepali folk songs at Surrey Fusion Festival for many years. They also perform and sing for many community programs.

I am an Indian classical dancer, teacher and choreographer. I have been learning Kathak for the last 18 years. Kathak is one of the main genres of ancient Indian classical dance. The term Kathak is derived from the Vedik Sanskrit word Katha which means story. The technique is built by the use of an intricate system of footwork, hand movements, flexibility and most importantly facial expressions while telling the story through the dance.   

I have completed my education in Kathak under the guidance of my Guru, Kathak exponent Pandit Mayur Vaidya from the All India Music University Board (Akhil Bhartiya Gandharva Mahavidyalaya). I have participated in various dance festivals in India. I have performed in broadway-style musicals and have travelled to various countries to perform. 

A contributing soul to Vancouver music culture for nearly a decade, Filipino/Canadian artist Kardias Quing offers a message of love and sovereignty to her community. Through her collaborations with producer and long time friend Withinroots, they have cultivated and continue to create a repertoire that uplifts, and empowers. Influenced by Indie, R&B and Alternative Pop, her creative efforts cut through the woes of modern distraction, and bring us all back to our infinite possibility.

Matt Levy is a York University-trained Actor, Juggler, Spoken word artist, Dancer, Clown, Comic and variety performer. Matt incorporates juggling, (clubs, bowling balls, fire, axes), tight rope, incredible feats of balance, plate spinning, rola bola, ballooning, and magic into a fun-filled, interactive, high-impact show. It can be tailored to meet any venue or audience. He also instructs kids and adults in all these skills in his “One man shows!

Juno nominated percussionist Robin Layne has worked with many of Canada's finest global artists and toured throughout China, Europe, Mexico, US and Canada. Highlights include Nanjing Jazz Festival, Hildesheim Jazz Festival, Vancouver Island MusicFest, Salmon Arm Roots and Blues, Vancouver Folk Festival, Vancouver International Jazz Festival and Victoria Jazz Fest.  

He has become a regular fixture on the BC festival circuit and is in demand as a freelance percussionist for recordings, performances and tours. Robin currently performs with his band, Robin Layne & the Rhythm Makers, as well as Locarno and the BC World Music Collective among others. 

Shilpa Shankar is an Indian classical dancer trained in Bharatanatyam, a South Asian dance form with a highly intricate movement language that amalgamates melody, rhythm and expression. Originally from India, where she received initial training in the art, she continues to passionately hone her skills receiving advanced training at the Jai Govinda Dance Academy, a leading school in Canada for the dance style. Shilpa is a Chartered Accountant working as an auditor in a Big 4 accounting firm. She serves as Treasurer on the board of Company 605, a dance society. 

Daniel Duggan from Rhythm Resource is an expert percussionist and performer. His energetic and engaging shows and workshops are huge hit throughout B.C. and Scotland. The original holder of the Guinness Worlds Record for the world's Largest Djembe drumming ensemble. He has a passion for percussion and bringing people of all ages together, for an immersive shared creative drumming experience!

The Dutch Network started as the Netherlands Association “Je Maintiendrai”, incorporated in 1965. The Dutch Network is a non-profit Dutch-Canadian Cultural Society based in Greater Vancouver, British Columbia. Events are organized to enable Dutch-Canadians to come together via entertaining venues to preserve, enhance, and celebrate their heritage, language and cultural traditions. 

We are proud we celebrated our 50th Anniversary in 2015. The Dutch Network extends a warm welcome to new immigrants and maintains a close working relationship with the Netherlands Consulate.

Zumba is dance fitness to music inspired by many cultures such as Latin, Bollywood, Pop, Kpop, just to name a few.  Zumba is designed to be easy to follow for all levels of fitness and is enjoyed by dance and fitness enthusiasts all over the world. Join the Party and celebrate Fusion Fest with local Zumba Instructors who have been bringing the joy of dance and fitness to their participants in the Lower Mainland for many years.