Metro Toronto Convention Centre to welcome over 6,000 delegates, performers, musicians and authors to celebrate Bengali culture and heritage



    TORONTO, July 2 /CNW/ - Over 6,000 delegates, performers, musicians, and
authors celebrating the culture and heritage of Bengali people from India and
Bangladesh who are living in North America will descend on Toronto this week
with the arrival of the 28th North American Bengali Conference (NABC). The
event will be held at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre (MTCC) July 4-6,
2008.
    NABC 2008 will showcase some of the community's best talent from North
America & the Indian subcontinent. Attendees will include a variety of
visitors, including distinguished representatives from the fields of academia,
medicine, science, engineering, and business.
    "The hosting of this international conference in Canada is a major event,
for it not only showcases the coming to age of the young Bengali community in
Canada, but also its active commitment to share its heritage and culture
within the multicultural mosaic of Canadian society," said Bejoy Das,
Executive Chairperson, PBCA NABC 2008.
    "We are very pleased to welcome this international group of Bengalis to
Toronto," said Barry Smith, President and CEO of the MTCC. "Bengali culture
around the world is rich and diverse, and we are proud to see it celebrated
here this year." The MTCC anticipates this major convention will produce
significant revenue for Toronto's hotels, restaurants, shops and entertainment
venues, with an overall economic impact of approximately $13 million in direct
spending.

    About NABC 2008

    The NABC event was started almost 30 years ago as a business forum and
has been held annually in various major cities across North America to
celebrate Bengali culture. It was first held in New York City in 1981,
organized by the Cultural Association of Bengal. Today, it offers seminars and
workshops to discuss current issues within the community, as well as
presentations of performing arts in the fields of Music, Dance, Drama, Films
and Youth Forum. This year's event is being sponsored by Prabasi Bengali
Cultural Association (PBCA), a non-profit, social, cultural and community
organization which organizes various community programs and caters to the
social and cultural needs of over 4,000 Bengali families in and around
Toronto. For further information please visit www.nabc2008.com.

    About the MTCC

    The Metro Toronto Convention Centre is Canada's No. 1 convention and
trade show facility. Since its opening in 1984, the MTCC has hosted
approximately 12,000 events and entertained nearly 40 million guests. For
further information, please visit www.mtccc.com.




For further information:

For further information: Christine Chiu, Marketing Manager, MTCC, (416)
585-8106, cchiu@mtccc.com; Bejoy Das, Executive Chairperson, PBCA NABC 2008,
(905) 822-4020, bejoydas@sympatico.ca


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