An Open Ceremony of the 7th anniversary of the Age of Literati Culture Festival presented by Canada One Family Network (COFN), held on Oct 1st, 2022 in New Kennedy Square.
Canada One Family Network is an Ontario-registered not-for-profit organization, presenting Elegant Gatherings with Wang Wei Selected Poets English Version New Book Launching, Go Master’s Workshop and Tournament on Oct 1st as well as virtual Art Exhibition and Poetry Recitation programs and the themed Natural Arts Concert To Celebrate Markham Culture Multiculturalism. (www.canadaonefamilynetwork.ca)
The celebration program is full of excitement. The Open Ceremony and Elegant Gathering started at 1 pm with a lion dance performance and ribbon cutting. Tea ceremonies, poetry recitation, poetic songs, cultural dance performances, etc. attracted thousands of audiences to the Hall. And The honorable mayor Frank Scarpitti and Deputy Mayor Don Hamilton, Councilor Isa Lee from the City of Markham, and retired Councilor Jim Karygiannis from the City of Toronto participated in and marked lion eyes to wake up the lions for the open ceremony.
Themed Natural Arts Concert -From Tang Dynasty to Contemporary is held on October 7, 2022, from 7 - 10 pm at Flato Markham Theater, 171 Town Centre Blvd, Markham.
The Concert introduces multicultural and powerful Tang-style music & dance, and poetry from Dun Huang Grottoes heritage to contemporary expression with the integration of literary aesthetics. It is a gorgeous picture scroll of natural arts.
“ It is a high-caliber music concert with both traditional and contemporary programs”. said Yanyan Zhu, president of Canada One Family Network, “The traditional dance art of the Tang Dynasty was the culmination of a new level of maturity, driven by the dance techniques of the Han Dynasty and the convergence of Chinese and foreign music and dance in the Northern and Southern Dynasties. The strong national power, the openness of society, and the ability to fully absorb and integrate all nationalities and foreign cultures are the reasons for the flourishing of the dance in the Tang Dynasty”.
The composer is also wind musician Huimin Li and the orchestra conductor is also Erhu musician Amely Zhou. Professional musicians, dizi player Lipeng Wu, pipa player Xiaolei Yang, guzheng player Lina Cao, zhonghu player Donghua Feng and artisans from Toronto Ya-Yue Art Center, Hong Feng Canadian Chinese Orchestra, and Lat Yip Dragon & Lian Dance Group, Happy Linda Dance Studio, and Global Youth Charity MC Club to present to the audience the classical music, dance, and poetry of the literati’s Tang Dynasty.
Thanks to the diamond sponsor Soil Engineers Ltd, Aero Future Canada, EPS Care Technologies Inc. Greennel International, Canada Daoyin Yangsheng Center, and numerous golden sponsors, Also more than 20 community partners, including International Photographers Union and more than 20 media organizations giving full support to this culture and art festival.
“We couldn’t have held this festival without the continuous support from our community sponsors, local businesses, and local artists,” said Yanyan. “I would also like to thank Heritage Canada， the Government of Ontario, and Celebrate Markham for providing us funding, and supporting Canada’s multicultural heritage.”
Canada One Family Network and community partners have involved more than 50 sponsors, businesses, and ethnic communities from Markham, Scarborough, and the GTA to promote local economic and cultural activity in recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.
Please visit www.canadaonefamilynetwork.ca for further information and ticket order.