NEWMARKET -- Dianne Jiang was the organizer and emcee for the first annual Multicultural Show held at the Aurora International School in Newmarket on August, 28.
It event showcased the Chinese arts with children reciting poetry, dancing, playing guitar and singing.
“We wanted to bring Chinese Culture to this neighborhood, and we are very lucky to have the Aurora International School to provide the venue free of charge,” said Jiang.
She is associated with the Confucius Institute which is a non-profit public educational organization affiliated with the Ministry of Education of the People's Republic of China, whose aim is to promote Chinese language and culture, support local Chinese teaching internationally, and facilitate cultural exchanges.
The day started with young girls dancing to traditional Chinese music. Next children as young as four recited poetry which talked about planting trees and keeping our planet green.
Eric Zhang entertained the audience with his guitar playing and singing, followed by five-year-old Yo Yo Lin performing a solo with spectacular gymnastics feats.
Rounding out the day was Tiffany Liao and Connie Lin dancing a duet together.
“I like practicing because it helps on my performance days,” said Tiffany.
Next year they are hopeful cultures from around the world will join them in this day in which children perform traditional cultural works from their native country.
Lynn Rae is a reporter and columnist with the Torch Online, as well as a freelance writer and keynote speaker. Visit her personal website at www.myjourneybacktomyself.ca