Coinciding with Culture Days, the 6th annual AWM Festival is a 3-day series of activities, performances and culturally relevant arts engagements by Elders, knowledge keepers and professional African artists living in Canada. 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.
The theme for the 2022 AWM Festival is “Blessing”. In African traditions, Blessing is a key component of a person’s wellbeing. One must be blessed regularly to enjoy a good life.
Blessing is a state of the soul. It is a feeling that the soul is home, we are in alignment, and all is well. Many African cultures have their own unique ways to bestow blessings, but it is widely accepted that “To dance together is to bless each other.” And we will do just that.
As Africans, this festival is an opportunity to 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.
***AWM is a bilingual event (French and English). Certaines activités se feront en Français, comme les contes.
Volunteers Needed! Please consider volunteering to help make the festival safe and fun for everyone.
COVID-19 PROTOCOLS ***Feel free to wear your mask indoors***
To keep everyone safe and comfortable we have reduced the number of guests in attendance.
Guest attendance for the Friday Village Night event is limited to 60 people, Saturday Africa Play Day is limited to 50 people (incl. children) and Sunday workshops will have 25-30 max. participants per workshop. We got You.
*You don't need proof of vaccination to access businesses, events or services in BC. You can find relevant info on the BC gov site here.
MEET YOUR AFRICAN MASTERS - *Final schedule TBC
African Musicians, Dancers, Elders and Knowledge-Keepers celebrate their culture with you.
Jean Pierre MAKOSSO Storyteller, Author, Actor Congo
Munkie NCAPAYI Master percussionist and Drum Café facilitator South Africa
Swahili Vision International FacilitatingSwahili lessons Eastern Africa
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, September 30, 2022 - Village Night, a concert presenting professional artists of African descent and a delicious authentic Senegalese meal cooked by Chef Ansou.
2. Saturday, October 1, 2022 - 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, October 2, 2022 - Workshops open to the public and artists to study rhythm and drum traditions from Africa, with master artists of African descent. Our dance workshops are back this year!
Later in November, we will invite you to a daily online engagement (cultural activities, workshops, roundtable discussions, performance events, etc.) October 31- November 27 by professional African artists to celebrate our African heritage across Canada and contribute to the rich diversity of Canada Culture Days.
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.
This venue is located near Fraser st. and 60th avenue, approx. 5 min walking distance from bus #8. Free parking lot.
CHOOSE YOUR EVENT
Village Night - Friday Sept 30
Only $10-$29 per person
Africa Play Day - Sat. Oct 1
FREE all day!
Workshop Day - Sunday Oct 2
$5-$10 or pay what you can
OUR FUNDERS AND SUPPORTERS
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.
BECOME A SPONSOR
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).