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PRESENTATIONS - July 24th & 25th

The presentations will focus on but not be limited to Fine arts, Literature, Music, Education, Entrepreneurship, Media, Information technologies, environmental issues and social activism through non-governmental organizations. All presentations will need to have either a local or diasporic content for the Goan community.

EVENING ENTERTAINMENT - Separate ticketed events

“Goan Idol”- Thursday, July 24th evening contest in keeping with the traditional love of music that runs through the veins of all Goans. This is an opportunity for individuals to showcase their talents.  Please submit your entries at  Only a limited number of entries in each category.

Super Hit Tiatro, Friday, July 25th evening ,to be held at the distinguished Living Arts Center in Mississauga a traditional Konkani Concert which promises to be entertaining and will incorporate some use of English and theatrics so that everyone can enjoy the performance.

The Convention Ball - Saturday, July 26th evening
We are working on coordinating a fashion show using designs of up-and-coming Goan Fashion designers with the intention that this will be previewed at the Convention Ball.


Viva Goa (hosted by GOA)- Saturday, July 26th - One of the largest social gatherings of Goans in the Greater Toronto Area. Activities include a soccer tournament, volley ball tournament, several dozen stalls featuring everything Goan from ceramics to spices. Continuous entertainment and delicious traditional meals.

Village Community Picnic - Sunday, July 27th - Sunnybrook Park This event has been cancelled because "Viva Goa", hosted by the GOA, will be held in a Park Setting this year, contrary to the past years. Therefore the committee felt that delegates will already have had a full day of outdoor activity, and would prefer to rest.








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Some of the celebrated Goans who will be addressing the 2008 Goan Convention:

GNAT President's Message:
We've got a world-class team! You'll get a world-class event. Welcome!

GNAT President: Francis Rodrigues

Convention Director's Message:
On behalf of the 2008 Convention Committee, welcome to the beautiful city of Toronto. Our GIANT theme: 'Goan Identity And Networking Today.'

Convention Director: Dr. Kevin Saldanha

Event Coordinator's Message:
We've assembled the finest group of international celebrities, to give you an unforgettable event. Welcome!

Event Coordinator: Lisette Saldanha

Ben Antao Marinella Proença Cecil Pinto Cornel Dacosta Victor Rangel-Ribeiro Ethel Da Costa Fred Noronha Walter Tavares Silviano Barbosa Tony Fernandes Wendell Rodricks Bosco D'Mello Helga R. Gomes George Pinto Roland Francis Ruth De Souza Mervyn Lobo Rene Barreto Filomena Giese Rajan Parrikar Alex Fernandes John J. D'Souza Zulema De Souza Herman Carneiro Tony D'Souza Troy De Souza Dean D'Cruz Victor Martins Jr. Menezes Joaquim Goes