International Pop Stars Coming to Two-Day Festival at Celebration Square in Mississauga

 

You might be seeing some back to school commercials, but summer isn't over yet and festival season is still in full-swing in Mississauga.   

If you love Italian food and culture (who doesn't?), then you might be happy to hear that some popular Milan-based pop stars are set to take the stage at the 7th annual Mississauga ITALFEST at Celebration Square. 

Festival organizers recently announced that Italian idols, Dik Dik, will headline the festival. The two-day event is scheduled to kick off at 5:00 p.m. on Aug. 16 and end at 11:00 p.m. on Aug. 17. 

Organizers say Dik Dik will hit the main stage and entertain audiences with a variety of hit singles, including original compositions and Italian renditions of popular songs.

What else can attendees expect?

Organizers say a variety of Italo-Canadian local talent will be on hand and that guests can expect a performance from Brazilian dancers Tropicana Queens, the competitive dancers of DanzArts Toronto, comedic and musical acts from The Rolling Stronz and local favourite Riccardo Backyardo, Z103’s DJ Danny D, and musical performances by Andy De Campos.

Attendees can also check out R&B/hip hop infused sensation SMRS OVR, tenor soloist Charles Di Raimondo, powerhouse vocalist Neena Rose, the upbeat and nostalgic The Frankie Cole Band, dynamic father-daughter duo Alessandro Battaglia and Roberta, soulful and storytelling duo Sarah Jordan and Matt Von, eclectic rock-pop band Daniel Monte, Italian traditionalist Claudio Santaluce, the Italian folklore choir Melodie Italiane, coloratura soprano and pianist Josephine Mancini and more.

Tickets for the exclusive VIP lounge and meet and greet opportunity with Dik Dik are available for purchase through the festival website.

Organizers say limited ticket quantities are available.

Organizers say guests can also experience Italian cuisine and watermelon and pasta eating contests. Those interested in shopping can peruse the wares of an array of vendors who will be selling a variety of goods, including clothing, jewellery, framed prints and more.

There will also be a Family Zone with Raptors 905 and Mississauga Steelheads inflatable challenges, face painting by Nisreen Art Studio, a youth soccer challenge, a magic show and a variety of activities, arts and crafts for kids to enjoy. 

Guests can also stop by the festival's Heritage & Cultural Centre and see the Matera and Leonardo Da Vinci exhibits. There will also be an online auction with a variety of items, including a one-week stay at Torre Fiore Hotel Masseria in Basilicata, Italy. 

The festival typically attracts more than 30,000 attendees.

For more info, click here.

Cover photo courtesy of ITALFEST’s official Facebook page

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