Our Organization:

The “Association of Chinese Arts and Literary Contest for Youth” (ACALCY) is a non-profit community-based organization, which is 100% operated by devoted volunteers.

Our Goal:

Chinese language has become an increasingly important international language. Our goal is to promote Chinese language, arts and culture as well as to enhance social harmony. Parents, teachers and volunteers of different backgrounds jointly created this platform for our youth to share their skills and talents, and to appreciate the culture of our heritage.

Our Participants:

  • This annual event is open to all students from kindergarten to Grade 12 in Ontario.
  • Over 40,000 entries, including some non-Chinese descendants since year 2000. Our contestants are from over 100 Chinese heritage schools, credit courses and individuals all over Ontario – GTA, Hamilton and Waterloo etc. The number of contestant entries has increased steadily to 2,000 in 2019.
  • Strong supports from parents, teachers of Chinese heritage schools and art studios help the promotion of this annual event.
  • Over 100 adjudicators from their professional fields.
  • Over 300 dedicated youth and adult volunteers helping out each year.

The Contest:

The 20th CALCY will include 8 Categories being performed in Mandarin and Cantonese. Categories include Parent-Child Recital, Storytelling (Parent-Child Storytelling & Individual Storytelling), Classical Poem Recital, Painting, Calligraphy, Essay Writing.

Due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, this year’s contest will use two different formats. Recitals and Storytelling will be broadcast live online (via Zoom), while Painting, Calligraphy and Essay Writing submissions will be accepted digitally or by mail.

Online live broadcast: Ancient Poem Recital, Parent-child Recital, Parent-child Storytelling

Contest Date: October 24-25, 2020

Submission of work: Calligraphy, Essay Writing, Painting

Deadline of submission: October 16, 2020

Supports and Funding:

The collective contributions from hundreds of volunteers are invaluable. Our gratitude and appreciation go to all Sponsors (past & current).