Mayor Frank Scarpitti and The City of Markham hosted a community send-off celebration for the Markham-based Chinese Collective Arts Association (CCAA) on July 11, ahead of their upcoming performance at the International Festival of Dance and Songs “Ohrid Waves” in Ohrid, North Macedonia.
“Markham’s strong diversity is on full display here and on the world stage,” said Mayor Scarpitti. “The power of dance and music transcends borders and this community send-off is a way to share our pride, while creating long and lasting friendships. We are proud to welcome Mr. Jovica Palashevski, Consul General of the Republic of North Macedonia in Toronto to Markham to share in this celebration.”
CCAA is serving as the cultural representatives from Canada for this year’s festival, being held July 23-27, which will gather more than 1,000 artists from around the world. The festival is sponsored and organized by the Folklore Festival Association, Municipality of Ohrid and House of Culture Stuga.
CCAA is a non-profit organization that hosts a variety of opportunities, such as workshops, seminars, and tutorials, to expose its members to various art forms of Chinese culture.
Celebrating its 10th anniversary this year, CCAA is sending eight of its dancers, plus its artistic advisor and youth dance instructor, to Ohrid to perform at the festival.
The Consul General of the Republic of North Macedonia in Toronto, Mr. Jovica Palashevski, joined Mayor Scarpitti at the community send-off. There was a dance performance by CCAA, and a traditional Macedonian folk dance performed by the Ensemble Zdravec.
Main photo: CCAA perform at the Markham Civic Centre as part of a recent send-off celebration.