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'Get ready to be swept away': Markham hosts inaugural Spring Festival Concert in celebration of Chinese Heritage Month

Markham is hosting the inaugural Spring Festival Concert on Feb. 25 at the People’s theatre for the Performing Arts, to welcome the Year of the Dragon and celebrate diversity while representing a significant number of Chinese cultural values and traditions.

Organized by the Markham Arts Council (MAC), the free-admission concert will include performances by local artists and the opportunity for Markham’s diverse communities to learn more about Chinese culture and heritage.

The MAC has been supporting the work and development of visual, literary and performing artists for years. The council’s purpose, vice chair Renu Mehta said, is to provide a space for artists from varying disciplines and cultural backgrounds to work with them on collaborative projects and initiatives.

“Get ready to be swept away on a musical journey as we celebrate the joyous occasion of Chinese New Year with a breathtaking concert that will leave you mesmerized,” says Markham Coun. Amanda Collucci. “Join us for an unforgettable evening of captivating performances, enchanting melodies, and cultural immersion.”

Featuring a diverse range of performances, including traditional Chinese folk songs, classical compositions and contemporary interpretations, Sandra Tam, vice chair of the MAC, believes that the concert is not only a celebration of Chinese culture but also a bridge that connects people from all walks of life.

“It is an opportunity to come together, to embrace diversity, and to appreciate the beauty and richness of different cultures. Let the music transcend boundaries and unite us in a shared experience of joy, harmony, and cultural exchange,” she said.

Scarlett Liu, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Markham Economist & Sun