Egypt’s Ambassador to Canada Ahmed Abu Zied has praised the Egyptian Coptic Festival taking place in the Canadian city of Mississauga.
The Egyptian Coptic Festival is a cultural event that celebrates Egyptian culture, history and arts in the public square for the purpose of creating awareness about Coptic Canadians, their heritage and role in society.
"The second edition of the festival succeeded in gaining further popularity and influence across the outskirts of Toronto, where the Egyptian community is heavily concentrated," the ambassador said in statements to MENA.
The first edition of the festival was held in September 2018.
The event brings together some 10,000 people from within and outside the Coptic community in Canada for family fun, music, shows, documentaries, kids activities and traditional food.
It is considered one of the biggest events for Canadians of Egyptian origin in North America.
The event aims to enhance community collaboration through linking past and present achievements and emphasising the diverse and inclusive Mississauga community.
The event programme features musical performances, performing arts, food, books, documentaries, kids' activities and youth-led performances, allowing the general public to grow their understanding of Egyptian history and its contributions to civilisation.
This year’s event featured Egyptian pop singer Hisham Abbas and violinist Azmy Magdy Azmy, as well as other music concerts and folk shows.
There are nearly 60,000 Canadians of Egyptian origin residing in Canada.