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

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Nigerian-born artist Akin pushes the boundaries of music. Mixing R&B with Hip Hop, Reggae and his African roots, Akin is a one-of-a-kind musician whose diverse background has helped him perfect an original voice that parallels his unique sound.


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


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

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12:00 Drums To Open Event by Kara Kata
12:05 Audrey Siegl Indigenous Musqueam            Ally
12:15 Arushi Raina

12:30 Sarah-Audrey Mome
12:50 Drum Cafe by [Kasseke Yao]
13:30 Yasin Kiraga

13:40 Kayode Fatoba
13:45 Commissioner Catherine            Evans
13:55 Jason Bempong/Sleepless            Mindz

14:05 Tigist            Asrate
14:10 Buk Nkosi
14:20 Ruddy            Ndina

14:30 Ava Nasiri President of            UBC AMS
14:40 Cicely-Belle Blaine Black            Live Matter Vancouver
15:00 Councillor Geoff Meggs To            Represent Mayor            Robertson Gregor

15:15 Honorable Hedy Fry
15:30 MLA Honourable Richard            Lee

Day One







12:00 Kara-Kata Band
12:30 Siting School
13:00 Kasseke Yeo
13:30 Street Beat Entertainment

14:00 Councillor Raymond Louie
14:05 Street Beat Entertainment
14:30 Acholie Dance Group
           Jace Kim (Live Painting)
15:45 Senator Mobina Jaffer

15:55 Fashion Show Commences
           Africstyle Fashion
16:15 Kara Kata Bands
16:30 Samba Fusion
17:00 Ndidi Cascade ft Oluwa Toni

17:30 Brooke Edgar
17:50 Afrocen3
18:10 DJ            vinnie_bugatti
18:45 Desiree            Dawson CBC            2016 Spotlight            Winner

19:00 DJ Mansinisa
19:40 Wrekage Fam            [Krump]
20:00 Kara-Kata
20:30 Akin [Headliner]


Day Two


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.

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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