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The market will feature performances, workshops, and interviews from various vendors.

PMG FILE PHOTO - THPRD employee Lanita Mustafa helps children make Gyotaku Fish Prints at the Beaverton Night Market in 2018. This year, the Market will return in a new virtual format.

This year, the Beaverton Night Market will return in a new virtual format.

The annual multicultural celebration will take place virtually and feature interactive and cultural sharing experiences livestreamed in English and Spanish, city officials said in a press release Tuesday, Aug. 4.

In collaboration with local filmmaker Jordan Thierry of Dream Chase Media and Tualatin Valley Community Television, the Beaverton Night Market will feature pre-recorded and live segments hosted together in a live digital event spanning two nights with original content on each night. Eighteen local vendors from many regions of the world will be featured in workshops, demonstrations, and interviews.

"The Beaverton Night Market is about how we are a stronger (and) more welcoming community when we share our cultures and support economic opportunity for all," said diversity advisory board member Monica Estrella. "In these challenging times, our goal is to support and encourage our community and make sure they know we don't give up on them. This year's format allows us to dive deeper on the stories behind the vendors and their traditions, which is core to what this event is about."

Six performances will accompany the show, including appearances by Bollywood DJ Prashant, West African drumming group Nii Ardey Allotey + Ekome, and more.

City officials say the virtual event will prioritize business opportunity, cultural sharing, and interactive components including a live chat. Participants can experience a piece of the market at home and support local vendors by purchasing craft kits in advance to assemble while they watch.

The virtual Beaverton Night Market will be held at 7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 14, and Saturday, Aug. 15. For more information, visit BeavertonOregon.gov/nightmarket.


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