African Descent Festival at English Bay Beach

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The African Descent Festival, Western Canada’s biggest celebration of African music, arts and culture, hits the beach at English Bay this weekend featuring global sensations Eddy Kenzo, Ghetto Kids, and many more.

African Descent Festival Vancouver 2023

African Descent Festival at English Bay Beach

  • When: Saturday, August 12 & Sunday, August 13, 2023 10:00am to 9:00pm
  • Where: English Bay Beach (previous years it was at Thornton Park)
  • Admission: Free! Donations are also accepted

The festival will feature international headliners Grammy-nominated singer Eddy Kenzo, and global internet sensation the Ghetto Kids a dance troupe of children from the streets of Kampala, Uganda. The Ghetto Kids reached international stardom earlier this year after receiving the first coveted “golden buzzer” on UK TV show Britain’s Got Talent and dancing their way to the finals.

Other performers include African and Africa-inspired Vancouver-based musicians Mazacote, Samba Fusion, Kara-Kata Afrobeat, and The Boom Booms. Enjoy lively dance and movement performances from Kenge Kenge Orutu System, Ache Brasil, AfroCity Music, Axé Capoeira, Annet Nandujja, B-Kenyan, Mivule Band and Leo D.E Johnson.

The 2023 festival also features live painting by Jace Junggyu Kim, along with fashion shows by Cenchini and Africstyle Fashion. DJs on site throughout the weekend include Okey Osman, Real West, Zato, Don Mericorn, and Sanchez Cuba. The festival is hosted by MC Douglas Lwanga.

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. Follow on Facebook for the latest info.

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