July 20, 2019

July 21, 2019


Thornton Park, 1166 Main Street, Vancouver



Events Description

The African Descent Festival is an arts and cultural festival designed to be a tribute to the black community that thrived at Strathcona for six decades; producing world-class athletes, musicians, entertainers, restaurants, entrepreneurs, community builders and political activists and the budgeoning African immigrant communities – both in that area and the Lower Mainland at large.

The festival aims to create a platform to bring African art and culture and the diverse communities within Greater Vancouver to showcase and share their cultural heritage.

The fifth annual festival will be held in July 2019, at Vancouver’s east-side Thornton Park. There is no better time like the present to celebrate African Descent because the United Nations declared 2015-2024 the International decade for people of African descent.

In 2019, we aim to attract about 25,000-30,000 attendees. Local artists will have the opportunity to promote their talents by dazzling the crowd with live performances (including poets, storytellers, actors, dancers and musicians), live painting, dance and drum cafes – accessible on both a mainstage area, as well as smaller more intimate performance stages throughout the site. We plan to invite at least one internationally acclaimed artist to draw larger crowds.

Stations will be set up throughout the site to cater to the different interests of the attendees, including a marketplace for hand-made crafts, African clothing, jewelry etc; African food vendors; a children’s play area, a community fair, beer garden etc. An educational component of the festival will showcase a short documentary about the history of Hogan’s alley followed by a guided tour of the Strathcona area.

New to the 2019 Festival will be the addition of a “night market” event; various indoor kickoff and “after party” events to augment the activities at main site; as well as the addition of a new community drumming parade.

Who is it for?



Date & Time: Saturday and Sunday, July 20 to 21, 2019 | 10 AM – 9 PM


Thornton Park, next to Hogan’s Alley,

1166 Main Street, Vancouver

The venue is wheelchair accessible, close to public transit (Main Street Skytrain Station)

Paid Parking
One of Vancouver best live music festival come all and we party together in Summer time.
Public transport accessible
Very close to all forms of transportation bus stages and park under sky train

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