African Cultural week & AfriCaFest
Start date: 25 May, 2017
End date: 28 May, 2017
Some of our objectives include making space for people to represent their image, culture and identity, and encouraging people to reflect and feel a sense of community pride. This event also contributes to the artistic progress and cultural tourism of the City of Victoria with a fun social setting and the chance to engage with artistic, cultural and symbolic meanings.
The rationale behind our artistic choices is to ensure diverse representation of performers from various regions of Africa and the Caribbean to showcase the artistic diversity of those continents. Doing so will be a learning experience for audiences who will engage with the performances, as we will be able to highlight the wonderfully diverse and different cultures of the African diaspora. We also have a festival lineup that encourages a huge variety of artistic expression, including entertainers, stage performers, singers, dancers, painters, sculptors, culinary artists, and many others. It is estimated that over 3000 languages are spoken in Africa. The artists performing at the festival perform in numerous languages such as English, French, Lingala, Swahili, Shona, Ndebele, Poular, wolof etc. Two local artists will be the master of ceremonies, and they will speak both English and French.
Nature of the Project Reach
We carry out our mandate primarily through events, which are always founded on collaborations with local artists and organizations. At VACCS events, art meets food; before our non-profit incorporation in September, 2012, we organized monthly Afro-Caribbean community buffet dinners, starting in December, 2011. Our organization structure is made up of 4 Board of Directors representing 3 regions in Africa and 1 Caribbean representative.
Community-Building, African Diversity understanding