Kick off summer with the MACArts Festival

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The Apsaras Dance Company

One of Mississauga’s most anticipated summer events is the MACArts Festival that happens Saturday May 21 at Celebration Square from 1 pm to 11 pm. This year’s entertainment is on a grand scale and will be the perfect way to start off the long Victoria Day weekend and the coming summer.

MAC is bringing 20 acts to the main stage from across the city, including three headline worthy-acts; local legend Tom Barlow, sensational songstress Stephanie Braganza and international hit-maker Canadian-born singer Raghav released his third album, The Phoenix, in April 2012. His first two albums, which were never released in his native Canada, have already been more successful than most musicians could hope for. He sold an impressive 1.3 million copies of his debut album, Storyteller, which led to a MOBO Award, two UK Asian Music Awards, an Urban Music Award, and a sold out world tour. Raghav’s sophomore album, Identity, went #1 in both India and the Middle East. He is expected to really rock the stage.

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MACArts is making special efforts to ensure performers represent diverse backgrounds. The Apsaras Dance Company a Mississauga-based group of highly talented Bharathanatya performers is one of them and they will grace the stage with their elegant hand gestures and intricate rhythmic footwork. Rugsha Sivanandan and Diviya Nirainjankumar will perform three beautiful Bharathanatya pieces.

“Mississauga is loaded with talent. We put it together in a fast paced exhilarating showcase that says something special about who we are and how entertaining we can be,” said Mike Douglas, Executive Director of MAC.

The MARTY Winning All Masters Lion Dance takes the stage with acrobats and Chinese lion dancers who will share great luck with the crowd. After a decade entertaining children across the GTA, Sonshine and Broccoli are bringing their hit single “It’s a Beautiful Day” to the Celebration Square Stage. Talented musicians of Meadowvale Secondary School take the stage with their award winning 20 piece jazz band. Previous shows sold out, so get there early!

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The festival also features fashion highlights from Mississauga Fashion Week, previewing what’s to come for the 2017 runway. Offstage MAC creates a village ambience with some of the city’s most talented artists and craftspeople. Paintings, crafts, toys and food – delicious food! from international cuisines and handy trucks. – CINEWS

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