African Cultural Week in Underway!
On behalf of the Victoria African and Caribbean Cultural Society (VACCS), Productions P. Mboussi is delighted to invite you to take part in the fifth annual African Cultural Week Celebration and AfriCa Fest. This year, we launched African Cultural Week on May 20th and will host events, workshops and programs through to the culminating show, AfriCa Fest, on May 27th. So far, this celebration has truly been the ultimate experience of African roots and we are just getting started!
Don’t miss out on this exclusive opportunity to experience first-rate, international African born artists to the art communities of Victoria, Sidney, and Nanaimo! Buy your tickets online today at http://www.ticketrocket.co/event/season/141
For the first time, directly from Paris, we are pleased to present world renowned choreographer and dancer Merlin “The Enchanter” Nyakam. Born in Cameroon, Merlin has reached an international status for his interpretations and teachings of African and Afro-Contemporary dance. Merlin has and continues to enchant audiences around the world.
Special guests will include the Montreal-based African flutist Salif Sanou, Toronto-based master percussionist Amara Kanté, and Ottawa-based dundunfola player Fodé Soumah, Jacky Essombé & Yoro Noukoussi from Vancouver and definitively our local artists and drummers which include Jordan Hanson (Drum Victoria), Bernard Henin (Kizomba/Salsa Victoria, and our Victoria famous Zumba instructor Isabel Santos.
Complimentary media passes are still available for the events below. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org to RSVP.
May 24th, 2017 | Mary Winspear Centre | 2243 Beacon Avenue Sidney, BC
6:30 pm Workshop: Discover African Contemporary Dance with Merlin Nyakam
8:30 pm Workshop: West African Drumming with Amara Kanté
May 25th, 2017 | Two Locations!
11:45 – 12-45 Free Lunchtime Concert
In Front of the Parliament Buildings | 501 Belleville St, Victoria, BC
7:30 – 10:30pm African ROOTS Spirit Night: Music & dance ensemble
Cook Street Village Community Center | 380 Cook St #1, Victoria, BC
May 26th, 2017 | Beban Park Recreation Centre | 2300 Bowen RD, Nanaimo, BC
2:00 pm Discover African Contemporary Dance with Merlin Nyakam.
4:00 pm West African Drumming with world-renowned Master percussionist Amara Kanté.
5:00 pm Discover Damba Dance with Simbad (Ghana)
7:00 – 11:00 pm An Unforgettable Evening of African Rooted Food, Rhythms & Dance Performance.
May 27th, 2017 | Archie Browning Sport Center | 1151 Esquimalt RD, Victoria, BC
12 pm – 9 pm AfriCa Fest!: A full day of activities for the whole family including drumming workshops and featuring live music ensembles. Market (craft & Food)
May 28th, 2017 | Dance Victoria | 2750 Quadra St, Victoria, BC
2:30 – 9 pm La Matinée Dansante!: A great way to introduce friends and family to African dance and drumming
The Victoria African & Caribbean Cultural Society (VACCS) is a vibrant non-profit community organization dedicated to promoting and preserving the cultural heritage of the black diaspora in Greater Victoria, British Columbia, and Canada. For more information on VACCS, please visit us online at https://vaccsociety.blogspot.ca/
Founder and Program Manager, AfriCa Fest and Victoria African & Caribbean Cultural Society
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