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FOKANA 17th National Convention Toronto 2016

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.
FOKANA Star Singer
Miss FOKANA is a very popular event of the FOKANA convention. For the last few years FOKANA has conducted this beauty pageant successfully. This year, along with price money, the winner will also get a direct entry to Miss Kerala beauty pageant and a possible chance to get into Miss India pageant. The pageant will be packed with verity entertainment by talented artists from here and abroad and the crown will be awarded by a panel of celebrity judges during the banquet on the final day of the convention.
FOKANA Star Singer is a new addition to the FOAKANA convention. The preliminary round will be held in all regions of FOKANA and the final will be held at the convention.Famous playback singer G Venugopal will be the chief judge of this event. Along with price money, the winner will get a chance to sing in a movie by a prominent music director in the Malayalam industry
FOKANA International Malayalam Cine Awards for all popular categories is the very first movie award for Malayalam Movies organized in North America. The first Award night will be held on July 2nd 2016 at the Toronto FOKANA national convention. All winners will be nominated and selected by a panel of judges and Gallup poll by the public through all available media worldwide. The award function will be filled with four to five hours of top quality entertainment by International performers and celebrity artists. A very popular and experienced event management team is working with FOKANA to make this event even memorable. There will be a large number of celebrities, politicians, business magnets and other VIPS from India attending this convention and the award ceremony will be telecasted worldwide by a leading Malayalam channel.