First-ever Markham Diversity Festival to support good causes

By Carolina Di Giulio

The first annual Diversity Festival in Markham will be held on Sept. 22, from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. at the Aaniin Community Centre outdoor park. Proceeds will support the Children’s Wish Foundation of Canada and Cystic Fibrosis (CF) of Canada.

The festival is being hosted by the Moksha Canada Foundation, a not-for-profit organization since 2014, that has run charity and community events across the GTA. The Diversity Festival had recently been held in Toronto at the end of July, with more than 20,000 in attendance. The goal is to showcase and celebrate cultural diversity within the community as well as raise money for a good cause.

“We feel that the different communities [within Markham] are separated and we want to bring them together, to mingle and to learn about each other’s different cultures,” said Sunil Channan, Moksha Canada Foundation, president and co-founder, who has been living in Markham for the past 20 years.

All ages are welcome and admission is free. The festival will include live musical performances, dance competitions, a cultural fashion show, art exhibitions, food vendors and a kids play zone. Students from Markham high schools such as Milliken Mills, Markville, Father Michael McGivney and Bill Crothers will also be performing at the festival.

“The City of Markham is very diverse and we want to break down barriers, to share each others heritage and promote intercultural, intergenerational understanding,” said Channan.


Carolina Di Giulio is a student reporter for the Markham Review and its sister papers. A Markham-native and senior at Markham District High School, she's always looking for new stories to tell and write about.

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