FOKANA is an umbrella organization of Malayalee Associations in North America. Malayalees are people who speak Malayalam, originating from the Indian state of Kerala. FOKANA’s first convention was held on the July 4th weekend of 1983 in New York City. The sixth convention was held in Toronto Canada on July 1994. More than six thousand Malayalees got together and prominent leaders from Kerala, USA and Canada attended.
Toronto is the largest city in Canada and the fourth most populous city in North America. Toronto is also the capital of the province of Ontario with 5.5 million population in greater Toronto area. Toronto, the most multicultural diverse city on the planet where over 140 languages are spoken, includes over 30,000 Malayalees. The flavors, aromas, sights and sounds of almost every nation converge peacefully in the streets of Toronto's many neighborhoods. Toronto is also the number one tourist destination in Canada. Tourists can enjoy many attractions like CN tower, Royal Ontario Museum, Ontario Science Center and the world famous Niagara Falls is only a 1.5 hour drive.
This year FOKANA celebrates its 17th national convention on July 1-4, 2016 at Hilton Toronto/Markham Suites Conference Centre & Spa, 8500 Warden Avenue, Markham, On, L6G 1A5, Canada. As part of our celebrations, we are planning a variety of events such as film awards, sports, beauty pageants, business meetings, press meetings, dance and singing competitions as well as many other cultural events and star shows by celebrities from Canada, USA and India. Political leaders, movie artists, famous writers, business magnets, ministers from Canada and India will be attending this four day convention. We are expecting a turnout of around 8000 to 9000 people throughout these convention days.
Hilton Toronto/Markham Suites Conference Centre & Spa is one of the largest suit capacity hotels in GTA with large banquet/conference halls. FOKANA has reserved majority of rooms in advance and will be serving Kerala food inside the hotel for the very first time in the history of FOKANA
Highlights of the Convention include, FOKANA International Malayalam Cine Awards (FIMCA), the first ever Malayalam Cinema Award in North America, Miss FOKANA, FOKANA Malayalee Manka, FOKANA Star Singer, Udayakumar Memorial Volleyball Tournament, Short Film festival and award, Star Shows, Musical Shows, Banquet, Youth Banquets and DJ.