The AFC Festival features an eclectic range of musical and cultural performances that beautifully compliments the nature theme including First Nations songs, spoken words and performances, African drumming, Japanese Shakuhachi flute and others. Unless otherwise indicated, performances will be located in the Visitor Centre at VanDusen Botanical Garden.
Check the daily program schedule for days/times. Festival hours: 10:00am to 4:00pm
Thomas Beckman | Musical Guest | Violist | Festival Theme Composer & Musical Guest for Opening Reception
Canadian-born violist, composer and producer, Thomas Beckman performs in a wide range of diverse musical groups, from principal violist of the Postmodern Camerata, to lead violist of Sons of Granville. Visit: http://www.thomastheviolist.com
William Nahanee | Cultural Performance
Kwel-a-anexw is a member of the Squamish Nation and founder of the Sna7em Traditional Dancers. He has been actively involved with culture for his whole lifetime. Mt. Nahanee is well known in the Aboriginal and general public, as a strong promoter of cultural harmony through sharing drumming, singing, dancing and artwork and feasting in traditional and multicultural venues. William has been part of the AFC Festival for the past two years and we're delighted to William back again to perform with song, spoken words and dance during special events, festival and as part of our Youth education program.
Russell Shumsky | Participatory Drumming
Russell is a Vancouver based percussionist / performer / teacher who travels to West Africa regularly to study with master drummers Famoudou Konaté and Mamady Keita. Besides touring internationally with some great contra dance bands, Russell runs a hand drumming school here in Vancouver. He has toured and performed with Sarah McLachlan. For more information about Russell and his music. Russell entertained and provided instruction at our 2012 Festival and is back again. Visit: http://www.drumming.ca
Alcvin Ryuzen Ramos | Musical Guest | Shakuhachi Japanese Bamboo Flute
Alcvin Ryuzen Ramos lives a life guided by shakuhachi. With over 20 years of experience of shakuhachi and meditation practice, he is dedicated to the ultimate goal of spreading the history, culture, and art of playing the shakuhachi, Japan's most well-known vertical bamboo flute. His mandate is to educate the public about Japanese musical and spiritual arts focussing on shakuhachi and to share its beauty for the enrichment of the entire community. Will be joining us on various days during the fesitival. Visit: http://alcvin.ca/ryuzen/
John Gilliat | Musical Guest
Canadian-born guitarist captures audiences with his acoustic flamenco rhythms. He is a past winner of Vancouver’s Unplugged Competition and Montreal Jazz Festival’s Grand Prize at the BOSS Loop Station.
Xwa-lack-tun | First Nations Carving Demo
Xwa-lack-tun (aka Rick Harry) gained his skills and education from Emily Carr College of Art and Capilano College. In September, 2012, Xwa-lack-tun received the Order of British Columbia in recognition of his work as an artist. Visit www.xwalacktun.ca/.
James Harry | First Nations Carving Demo
James Harry (Nexw kalus) is a contemporary sculptor and painter focusing in aboriginal artwork. He is from the Squamish Nation (Skwxwú7mesh) and of European decent (Scottish, Irish, and German). Son of hereditary chief and acclaimed artist, Xwalacktun.
Vi Ann Diep | Musical Guest
Vi Ann is an independent artist and improvisor virtuoso on Asian long zithers (horizontal string instruments) such as Gu Zheng, Koto and Dan tranh. Vi Ann has many years performing experience in both solo and collaborative musical projects.
Anny Lin | Musical Guest
Anny is a talented Vancouver-based violinist/fiddler and Taiko drummer. Originally from Taipei, Taiwan, she is an experienced solo and collaborative musician. Anny has collaborated with the AVIA Trio, also performing at the AFC Festival.
AVIA Trio | Musical Group
AVIA Trio is a group composed of three musicians of Asian ancestry who incorporate a variety of Asian instruments such as shakuhachi, shamisen, zheng and sitar and draw inspiration from many styles of contemporary, improvisation, ambient and non-western traditions of playing.