African Descent Festival



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Free admission


Festivals, Performing Arts

African Descent Festival is organized and presented by the African Descent Society British Columbia (ADSBC), which is a Arts and Cultural Heritage Non-Profit Organization based in Vancouver Hogan's Alley -Thornton Park Historic African Descent first community in Vancouver since 1900 in Vancouver British Columbia. Our mission is to promote the arts, culture, and heritage of the people of African descent who reside in Vancouver BC since 19th century and rejuvinate Hogan's Alley with African Descent Cultural Centre after the City removes the Georgia Viaduct which destroyed our community late in 1970's. This is done through live music and cultural presentations in honour of the United Nations International Decade for African Descent, UNESCO General History of Africa, and in memory of Hogan's Alley and the vibrancy that existed in Hogan's community hub. We are proud for the long journey advocate for a cultural Centre. The City recognized this project once they remove the Viaduct to locate a space for People of African Descent.
This year we have an incredible line up of artists: from South Africa Nkulee Dube, from Holland Friction and the Roots Drivers, and many great local artists like Dawn Pemberton, Mostly Marley, Mr. Metro, Ndidi Cascade, Mad Riddim, Mr. Fantastik, Kara Kata, Steve Sacky, Kesseke, Jacky Yenga, Venom, Jabulile Dladla, Woodshed Supply Co, DJ Micheal Fraser, Bluetones, Street Beat Entertainment, as well as fashions shows by Mawogan Fashion and Africstyle Fashion. We Also have distinguished speakers including the Lord Mayer of Kampala Uganda. There will be food vendors and art crafts, live painting, drumming workshops, dance workshops.

July 21 will be an event at City Hall
July 22-23 10am-8pm at Thornton Park

Are you a person of African Descent?
Come loud and proud!
Are you not a person of African Descent?
That’s okay! Come and support our unique event, which brings all people together in order to celebrate African descendants.