Coinciding with Culture Days, the 5th AWM Festival is a month-long daily celebration of African arts and cultures. The festival honors the “Spirit of the Village”, promotes friendship and respect, and welcomes people of all backgrounds through music, dance, traditional kids games and storytelling, performed and facilitated by African Elders, knowledge keepers, and professional African artists.
Due to circumstances beyond our control, we had to postpone the in-person event from
September 24-26 to November 12-14. We thank you for your patience and your support,
and are very much looking forward to seeing you again soon!
The theme for the 2021 AWM is “Healing”, and we will celebrate our friendships with the broader community while sharing who we are, through our artistic forms, as per many African traditions. Like all our events, AWM nurtures unity, feelings of joy and celebration, interconnectedness, and mind-body alignment.
The fifth annual AWM Festival will consist of a 3-day series of activities and performances, followed by daily online engagements and performances through October (Sept 27-October 24). It will feature presentations and culturally relevant arts engagements by Elders, knowledge keepers and professional African artists living in Canada and/or Africa, representing up to 20 of Africa’s 54 countries.
***AWM is a bilingual event (French and English). Certaines activités se feront en Français, comme les contes.
Please consider volunteering to help make the festival safe and fun for everyone.
Guest attendance for the Friday Village Night event is limited to 35 people, Saturday Africa Play Day is limited to 30 people (incl. children) and Sunday workshops will have 20-25 max. participants per workshop. We got You.
*You don't have to show proof of vaccination at indoor organized events with less than 50 people.
You can find that info on the BC gov site here.
African Musicians, Dancers, Elders and Knowledge-Keepers celebrate their culture with you.
Jean Pierre MAKOSSO
Storyteller, Author, Actor
Master percussionist and Drum Café facilitator
Swahili Vision International
Master percussionist & multi-instrumentalist
Musician, Singer, Dancer
Traditional Rwandan dance
HEALING EWE RHYTHMS
Traditional music & dance
Additional guest Artists, Facilitators, Elders and Knowledge Keepers will join us for the online Festival. Click the button below to find out more.
Africa with the Masters in-person Festival is an immersive and invaluable experience taking place on the Ancestral and unceded land of the Coast Salish peoples –Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), Stó:lō and Səl̓ílwətaʔ/Selilwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh) and xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam) Nations, over three action-packed days. It is an inclusive and welcoming experience for all, in a mobility accessible venue.
1. Friday, November 12, 2021 - Village Night, a concert presenting professional artists of African descent and a take-home dinner of Afro Vegan food by Kula Foods Inc. (to comply with Covid-19 safety protocols we won't have dinner together, you will take it home instead).
2. Saturday, November 13, 2021 - Africa Play Day for families and the child in each of us, with free workshops and activities for children, facilitated by renowned professional artists and knowledge keepers of African descent.
3. Sunday, November 14, 2021 - Workshops open to the public and artists to study rhythm and drum traditions from Africa, with master artists of African descent. No dance workshop this year.
New this year, AWM will feature a daily online engagement (cultural activities, workshops, roundtable discussions, performance events, etc.) September 27- October 24 by professional African artists to celebrate our African heritage in British Columbia and contribute to the rich diversity of Canada Culture Days.
7pm: Doors open
7:30pm-8pm: Land acknowledgement and music
830pm-10:30pm: Music & dance performances
11 pm: End*
* Afro vegan food to take home.
10:15am-11am: Storytelling with Jean Pierre Makosso
11:15am-12pm: Kids' rhythm circle with Munkie Ncapayi (sticks & djembes will be provided to all kids)
12:15pm-1pm: Swahili games by Swahili Vision Int'l
Other activities available during transition times, with prizes to win for the kids!
We have limited the amount of game interactions as a Covid-19 safety measure. See what the day may look like here, on this video clip by Radio Canada Vancouver.
12:30 pm-1:45 pm - Drum Circle Etiquette Workshop - bring your own djembe and learn how to maximize your drum circle experience – with Munkie Ncapayi
2 pm-3:15 pm - Guinean Drum Workshop – djembes available for rent at $5 – with Aly Traoré
3:30 pm-4 pm - AFS Annual General Meeting
All are welcome to attend
4 pm-5 pm African Rhythms with Kurai Mubaiwa (Clapping and Chanting to live Mbira music)
5 pm: End of Workshops day
Please find more details HERE.
Please visit our Facebook page to travel with us around the African continent, learning rhythms, cultures, and histories of the four regions! The online events feature guest African Artists, Elders, Facilitators, Thought Leaders and Knowledge Keepers.
This online programming has been made possible in part by the Department of Canadian Heritage.
Cette programmation en ligne a été rendue possible en partie grâce au gouvernement du Canada .
**Please go HERE.
**Hours are subject to change. Please check back for updates.
Moberly Arts Centre
7646 Prince Albert St.
This venue is located near Fraser st. and 60th avenue, approx.
5 min walking distance from bus #8. Free parking lot.
This event could not be possible without the support of our generous funders and the help of our supporters!
Cet évènement ne pourrait avoir lieu sans le soutien de nos généreux bailleurs de fonds et l'aide de nos amis.
Africa with the Masters Festival sponsorships offer a valuable opportunity to showcase your brand and gain targeted exposure to hundreds of community members, families, artists, grassroots organizations, African cultural associations, African and Black community leaders, and potential customers.
We wish to respectfully acknowledge that we live, work, dance and play on the unceded, ancestral, and traditional territory of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish) and səl̓ilwətaɁɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) peoples.
Nous reconnaissons avec respect et gratitude que nous vivons, travaillons et dansons sur la terre ancestrale non-cédée des Premières Nations Salish de la côte ouest: xʷməθkʷəjˀəm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), et səl̓ilwətaɁɬ (Tsleil Waututh).