AFRICAN DESCENT FESTIVAL

African Descent Society
Celebrating African Descent Arts & Culture in Canada since 2015

The African Descent Festival is intended to celebrate the cultural diversity of people of African Descent within Vancouver, while recognizing and promoting attitudes of oneness among all ethnic groups and communities. The event focuses on activating public spaces and bringing a diverse range of programming to connect stakeholders working avidly for the long term sustainability of this population.

 

This cultural event will allow Canadians, specifically Vancouverites to enjoy and learn about different cultures and countries from Africa, some of which have strong embedded grassroot initiatives and history within the city. As this is a city event, it is envisioned to be free for the attendees with no admission fee but donations are encouraged as well as sponsorship opportunities. The goal of the platform for this year is to establish itself, while using the input gained to build on subsequent years. Culture and Art festivals are an amazing way to form strong bridges of which the team will look towards showcasing public art, installations, modern and traditional based showcases, night markets, crafts fair and musical performances. With a focus on rejuvenating the spirit of Hogan's Alley, this platform will work with a wide range of city groups, main street businesses, and at large Vancouver organizations to bring awareness to Vancouver’s prominent and growing African community!

 

ADF’s target audience includes new immigrants and refugees, cultural groups throughout the lower mainland, young adults of African Descent, and the general public around the lower mainland, Fraser Valley, British Columbia and Canada as a whole. The vision of the platform is to grow continuously as a vibrant staple event within the city!

 Day 1

July 22
  • Inaugural Ceremony
  • Crafts
  • Kraft Community Fair
  • Hogan's Alley Tour

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Day 2

  • AfroBeat Entertainment
  • Market Place

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July 23

Presenting Partners & Sponsors:

AFRICAN DESCENT FESTIVAL
Line up

NKULEE DUBE

Nkulee Dube born in South Africa from her late father Lucky Dube an international multi award winning reggae star. Princess Nkulee Dube is the numbe one best African raggae star like her father Lucky Dube. Nkulee Dube is the headliner for African Descent Festival Vancouver BC July 22-23, 2017. No female artist has managed to fuse ethno-soul, jazz with ragga in one song as this star singer- songwriter, as Nkulee Dube has done in such a short space of time since entering this challenging and yet exciting industry. Princess Nkulee Dube is the daughter of the World reknowned international raggae South African raggae Star Lucky Dube and like her father she is on the chat of number one reggae star in Africa and consider top among best international stars. Born to the family a music legend, Nkulee Dube has big shoes to fill to preserve and sustain the name of her late father, Lucky Dube. Nkulee, whose music can be classified as ‘ethno-ragga’ fused with soul and jazz, is no stranger to the performance circuit and the music industry; she was a backing singer and dancer for the late Lebo Mathosa and later Ntando Bangani.

KESSEKE YEO

In 2001, Kesseke moved to Vancouver and currently dances for Masabo Culture Company and his own group West meets West.

Kárà-Kátà

Kárà-Kátà is a multi cultural afrobeat & fashion group based in Surrey/Langley.

Samba Fusion Group

Samba Fusion is a Vancouver Dance Group whose roots are based in Brazilian Samba fused with numerous dance styles, music and rhythms.

Streetbeat Entertainment

The mission of The StreetBeat Entertainment Society is to encourage diversity, self esteem and an awareness of social issue through arts and entertainment

More Artists & Attractions

 

Schedule
ADF 2017 Stage Schedule: Saturday July 22

DAY 1
10:45

Opening Speeches
11:00

Baby Fresh
11:30

Mike Machado
12:00

Speaker: Deborah Littman Metro Vancouver Alliance
12:10

Kesseke
12:40

Yasin Kiraga Misago, ADSBC Founder and ED: Hogan’s Alley
12:50

Dj Nipo
1:00

Woodshed Supply Co.
1:40

Peter Wanyenya
2:00

Mawogan Fashion Show + DJ Nipho
2:30

Kara Kata
3:30

Stephanie: Speaker on UN Decade on People of African Descent
3:50

Jacky Yenga Dance Workshop: The Village Fitness Experience
4:50

Jabulile Vedero
5:20

Bluetones
5:50

Yasin Kiraga Misago: Introducing Guests from Kampala, Uganda
6:00

Mayor of Kampala/ Deputy Mayor of Kampala
6:15

Friction & the Roots Drivers
7:30

Closing

ADF 2017 Stage Schedule: Sunday July 23

DAY 2
10:45

Opening Speeches
11:00

Street Beat Entertainment
11:30

12:00

Bluetones
12:30

Africstyle Fashion Show
12:30

44 Minute Salad DJ set
1:15

Venom Dancehall Workshop
2:15

Desiree Dawson
2:40

Sound Check
2:50

SinBirds Afrobeat/Hip Hop Dance
3:00

Ndidi Cascade, Mad Riddim & Friends
3:45

Mr. Fantastik
4:05

Friction & the Roots Drivers
5:00

MLA Bruce Ralston
5:06

Councilor Tim Stevenson
5:11

Stefanie Bernard: Speaker on Un Decade on people of African Descent
5:18

Pynksy Shell: Afro-fusion Belly Dance
5:24

Mayor of Kampala
5:30

Nkulee Dube w/ Mostly Marley Dawn Pemberton Mr Metro And more
7:30

Closing

The UN General Assembly proclaimed 2015-2024 as the International Decade for People of African Descent (resolution 68/237) citing the need to strengthen national, regional and international cooperation in relation to the full enjoyment of economic, social, cultural, civil and political rights by people of African descent, and their full and equal participation in all aspects of society.

International Decade for People of African Descent

This Local Area Plan for the Downtown Eastside (DTES) was prepared over a two year period by the City and the Local Area Planning Process (LAPP) Committee. The LAPP Committee contains representatives from a number of community groups, low-income and middle income residents, Aboriginal groups, as well as business, non-profit housing and social service organizations.
NEFC DRAF PLAN 2017

DTES Local Area Plan
Black Strathcona

From the early 1900s to the late 1960s, the East Side neighborhood of Strathcona was home to Vancouver's first and only black community.

Hogan's Alley was the local, unofficial name for Park Lane, an alley that ran through the southwestern corner of Strathcona inVancouver, British Columbia during the first six decades of the twentieth century. It ran between Union and Prior Streets from approximately Main Street to Jackson Avenue.

Hogans Alley
Salt Spring Island

It may be caricatured as a top destination for hippies and retirees in B.C., but Salt Spring Island was home to one of B.C.'s most important black communities in the late 1800s and early 1900s.

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