Markham’s Inaugural Spring Festival Concert heralds the Lunar New YearA Confluence of Dance, Music and Creativity to celebrate Chinese cultural heritage

Markham, Monday, February 26, 2024:  The first ever official inaugural Markham Spring Festival Concert was held to mark the newly proclaimed Chinese Heritage Month and the Chinese Lunar New Year.  Organized by the Markham Arts Council and the City of Markham, the Markham Spring Festival Concert welcomed the Year of the Dragon and celebrated diversity while representing a significant number of Chinese cultural values and traditions. 

Held at the People’s Theatre for the Performing Arts on February 25, the concert was attended by Markham Deputy Mayor Michael Chan, Consul General of People’s Republic of China, LUO Weidong, MPP Daisy Wai, Regional Councillor Joe Li, Councillors Amanda Yeung Collucci and Isa Lee as well as Stephen Chait, Chair of the Markham Arts Council (MAC) and other dignitaries.

“February has been officially declared by the City of Markham and York Region as Chinese Heritage Month, acknowledging the outstanding contribution and legacy of the Chinese community which has enriched the city’s economic vitality, cultural landscape and social fabric,” declared Markham Mayor Frank Scarpitti in a video message on February 25. 

The event began with the traditional Nanhai Lion and Dragon dance followed by spectacular performances in dance, music, martial arts performances as well as Chinese instrumental music.

We are celebrating the Lunar New Year and Chinese Heritage Month with this captivating concert by bringing you unforgettable experiences, enchanting melodies and vibrant dances as we celebrate the joyous occasion of our Chinese New Year,” said Markham Councillor Amanda Yeung Collucci.  “This is also an opportunity for Markham’s diverse communities to learn more about Chinese culture and heritage.” 

The concert featured a diverse range of performances, including traditional Chinese folk songs, classical compositions, and contemporary interpretations.   There was a Feng Shui expert who spoke about the year of the Dragon and what the year would bring for each Chinese zodiac sign.

“Get ready to ring in the Chinese New Year with a vibrant and exciting Spring Festival Concert!” said Stephen Chait, chair of MAC addressing the audience at the concert.  “Thank you for joining us for an unforgettable evening of music, culture, and celebration as we welcome the Year of the Dragon.”

“Today’s showcase features a lineup of talented musicians and performers with the promise to dazzle audiences with traditional Chinese music, modern interpretations, and fusion performances that showcase the rich tapestry of Chinese culture,” said Sandra Tam and Renu Mehta, vice chairs of MAC.  “The cultural immersion will transport you into the heart of the Chinese New Year festivities.”


  • With a mission to serve the community through the medium of arts and cultural education, the Markham Arts Council has been on the forefront of creating awareness while supporting the work and development of visual, literary and performing artists.
  • The purpose is to provide a space for artists from varying disciplines and cultural backgrounds to work with them on collaborative projects and initiatives.
  • Markham Arts Council believes in fostering and nurturing creativity by providing emerging and established artists with support, advice, encouragement and opportunities to grow, learn and pursue their passions.
  • The aim is to build a stronger, more unified arts community, in the City of Markham, that encompasses literature, experimental art, visual arts, new media, music, dance, performance and dramatic arts.

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