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The seventh annual AFC Festival is presented by RE/MAX Western Canada - a signature international cultural event featuring 4-days of art and environmental education, the premier of AFC's annual exhibit, live artist demos and wildlife viewing and much more. The event will take place at VanDusen Botanical Gardens from November 9 - 12th, 2017.
Get inspired by over 87 original paintings and sculptors by 84 leading international artists from 15 countries, live music, guest lectures, painting demos and cultural performances. Learn about wildlife conservation issues and directly support conservation work through the purchase of artwork.
The festival combines a strong regional cultural program featuring a roster some of BC's most talented visual and performing artists, musicians, filmmakers (including First Nations carving and cultural presentations), with a line-up of guest artists from around the world. Some events require advance registration. For more information, visit http:www.artistsforconservation.org/festival
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About VanDusen Botanical Garden
Van Dusen Botanical Garden is one of Vancouver's top attractions and most naturally stunning venues. Centrally located, the facility features a 55-acre garden of 7300 plants with a state-of-the-art "living building" visitor centre, and its satellite facility a few blocks away - the Bloedel Conservatory - a domed "biosphere" featuring 3 biomes, more than 200 free-flying exotic birds, and over 500 exotic plants and flowers, within its climate-controlled environment. Learn more.
CTV interview with Jeff Whiting and Pollyanna Pickering
Watch CTV interview with Jeff Whiting and Guy Combes.
Artists for Conservation (AFC) is the world’s leading group of artists supporting the environment. Founded in 1997, the non-profit organization comprises a membership of 500 of the world’s most gifted nature artists from 27 countries, across five continents. Dedicated to nurture, promote and leverage its world-class community of artists in support of our natural world, AFC drives its mission through three key programs: Art & Environmental Education; Field Work & Research; and Artist Development. The Artists for Conservation Festival is AFC’s annual flagship initiative to showcase, support and further these programs. For more information, visit http:www.artistsforconservation.org
Jeff Whiting is the President and founder of the Artists for Conservation Foundation (AFC) - the world's leading artist group supporting the environment. With a background in biology and geology, Jeff is an award-winning sculptor, author, social entrepreneur and environmental advocate. At 16, the Canadian Prime Minister presented one of Jeff's sculptures to Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh. At 18, Jeff completed his first book and won first prize at the World Championships for Wildfowl Carving. Most recently, Jeff was inducted as a Fellow into the Explorer's Club and was a recipient of Business in Vancouver’s 2010 Forty under 40 Awards. Whiting is the Executive Director and founder of the Artists for Conservation Festival and first annual BC Conservation Symposium.
"The AFC Festival is an artistic, cultural and educational experience that captures the social climate of concern for the planet today," said Jeff Whiting, founder and President of Artists for Conservation. "The festival is also an opportunity to learn more about those leading organizations working to protect wildlife and wild places in BC and around the globe." - Jeff Whiting, AFC President & Founder
“Artists play a central role in conservation.They are a voice for vanishing wildlife and wild places" - Jeff Whiting, AFC President & Founder
"We're excited to have presenters from some of the top conservation organizations speaking at the first symposium," said Jeff Whiting, founder of Artists for Conservation." Attendees will benefit tremendously from our line-up of speakers' expertise and insights on the state of conservation in BC. AFC places great importance on facilitating collaboration and dialogue to broaden knowledge and engagement. The delegates will have the opportunity to engage with some of the well-respected leaders in conservation during the day." - Jeff Whiting, AFC President & Founder
“A profoundly wonderful exhibit - Thank you!”
“Wonderful day, full of joy.”
“Amazing event. Way to go.”
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“A tough act to follow again.”