For the first time ever, a dance group from Aegean Macedonia has performed in Canada. This momentous occasion took place at the 19th annual reunion of the Deca Begalci on March 21, 1998. Despite threats from the Greek authorities and Greek organizations such as the "Pan-Macedonian" organization, fifteen performers from villages all over Aegean Macedonia including Lerin, Voden and Kukush made the trip to Toronto. Dressed in traditional Macedonian costumes, they performed wonderfully in front of an emotional crowd of over 700 people. The Greek government denies the existence of any minorities within its borders and tries to suppress any display of cultural identity. This group has defied the Greek government in their attempts to achieve their basic human rights.