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 at the Vancouver Convention Centre.

Check the daily program schedule for days/times. 

Thomas Beckman | Musical Guest | Violist | Festival Theme Composer & Musical Guest during the Festival

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: 


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 & Friends | Performance 
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



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. 

Festival Highlights

VanDusen Botanical Garden is located at:

5151 Oak Street Vancouver BC V6M 4H1

Admission to AFC Festival is free of charge.  Admission is required for the Botanical Garden.

  • Art Exhibit
  • Youth Silent Skies Mural
  • Live Artist Demos
  • Live Wildlife Encounters
  • Music and Performances

  • Art Exhibit & Expo
  • Nature & Birding Expo
  • Silent Skies Mural
  • Live Art Demos
  • Music and Performances
  • Watch Films
  • Special Presentations

  • Fill the register form

  • Come to the Festival
  • Spread the Word
  • Purchase a Bird Mural
  • Buy Orginal Art
  • Make a Donation
  • Buy an AFC Book
  • Volunteer
  • Sponsor the Event



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AFC Festival 2019
@ VanDusen Botanical Garden
27 Sept - 29 Sept, 2019
Vancouver, BC, Canada


AFC Festival 2018
@ Vancouver Convention Centre
Partnership with IOC2018 (International Ornithological Congress)
22 August - 25, 2018
Vancouver, BC, Canada

AFC Festival 2017
@ VanDusen Botanical Garden
9 Nov - 13 Nov, 2017
Vancouver, BC, Canada




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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