Experience Asian culture at the Annual Night It Up Festival

Back this summer for its 16th year is the Night It Up festival, an outdoor market and entertainment central for the community.

Head over to the Markham Civic Centre from July 14-16 to get a taste of some of the most popular Asian street foods. Stroll through a festival with over 100 vendors and enjoy the essence of Asia through the night markets and a diverse list of activities.

Night It Up will be teaming up with the Chinese Canadian Youth Athletic Association for another year to bring you the sports zone. Not only will there be recreational sporting areas available, but there will also be volleyball and basketball tournaments for local athletes to put their skills to the test. Guests can also plan on watching a movie under the stars because Reel Asian will be playing your favourite films during the festival. To top it off, there will be a wide selection of entertainment for the community to enjoy. Whether it be singing, dancing or magic, local performers will be taking the stage throughout the festival to share their passions and their talents. Lastly, a new addition to this year’s activities is the Art Takeover. Through an exhibit filled with projects and pieces of all kinds, this attraction will showcase local artists and their work.

Every year, all proceeds made from the festival goes towards a charity voted by the Power Unit Youth Organization. This year, they have partnered up with ALS Double Play.

“We decided that we would partner up with ALS Double Play this year to not only raise funds through Night It Up, but to also raise awareness of ALS and connect families,” said Mandy Ng, vice-chairperson of Night It Up. “We, unfortunately, heard about the passing of Christopher this year, Councillor Alex Chiu’s son. Councillor Chiu has been a great help to Night It Up and Power Unit Youth Organization and he’s been supporting us for quite some time now, so we thought we’d help out and give back to his family.”

The annual festival is presented by TD and organized by the Power Unit Youth Organization. With the initiative to empower youth and contribute to their community, the organization has donated over $113,000 from events to beneficiaries across the GTA.

“Whether you’re with friends, family, or maybe even going on a date. There’s lots of food, a great atmosphere, and it’s something a little bit different. It’s guaranteed a great time every year,” said Ng.

For information visit their website at www.nightitup.com.

Story by Stephanie Liu.

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