Musical & Cultural Performances


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:


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: 



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: 




Post-Modern Camerata (Canada) | Musical Guest

The Post-Modern Camerata, under the direction of Dr. Greg Caisley, is a group of professional musicians from Vancouver, British Columbia, who are dedicated to performing cantate and chamber music by J. S. Bach and other composers. The group gave its first series of performances in the spring of 2014. Visit

Festival Highlights

VanDusen Botanical Garden is located at:

5251 Oak Street,
Vancouver, BC V6M 4H1
Phone: (604) 980-9311

Most festival activities complimentary with VDBG admissions ticket. 

  • Adult (19-64) $8.00
  • Senior (65+) $5.50
  • Youth (13-18) $5.50
  • Child (4-12) $4.25
  • Family (2 adults + 2 children under 19) $16.75
  • Children 3 and younger Free
  • VDBG Members Free

  • Crafts
  • Mural
  • Artist Demos
  • Wildlife Encounters
  • Films
  • Nature Walk

  • Art Exhibit
  • Live Art Demos
  • Live Music
  • VIP Reception
  • Films
  • Presentations

  • Fill the register form

  • Sponsor
  • Buy Art
  • Silent Auction
  • Buy a Book



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About Us

Artists for Conservation is a Canada-based international non-profit, with a mission is to support wildlife and habitat conservation and environmental education through art that celebrates nature. 

Through international art exhibits, collaborative art-science expeditions, festivals, awards and online initiatives, AFC informs and inspires the public to conserve our natural heritage. Among its membership, AFC serves to foster artistic excellence and empower passionate artists as effective ambassadors for the environment. 





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