Contact Information for Applicants: 
Melodie 604-833-4467
Name of Organization: 
African Descent Society BC
How to apply: 

Please email us an example of your paintings and a short bio, along with your contact information.

Opportunity Description + Organization Information: 


We are thrilled to invite Emily Carr University Students to participate in a Live Painting and Auction fundraising event within  the African Descent Festival July 21-22, 2018 at Thornton Park (1166 Main St).

We are looking for at least six artist to paint pictures at our event. It would be wonderful if the painters are of African Descent but it isn't necessary if other painters want to come out of solidarity to the cause. Paint, canvases and easels will be provided. There will be a two hour time limit for them to paint a picture on the theme of the UN International Decade for People of African Descent: Recognition, Justice and Development. The finished painting will remain on display with a silent auction form. The proceeds will be split 50/50 between the artist and our organization. The festival is free to attend and so we look for other ways to fund raise for festival operations budget. 
African Descent Festival 2018, is going to be even bigger and better this year with an unbelievable line up of artists, expanded historical exhibitions, fashion shows, live painting, and vendors. With our incredible artists and media partnerships we are expecting much more than the 15,000 participants we had last year.

This will be the 4th annual African Descent Festival, organized by the non profit, African Descent Society BC. The mandate of the society and goal of the festival is to promote music, arts and cultural heritage of people of African descent and celebrate the legacy of Hogan's Alley; the African descent community of Vancouver, which was destroyed and dispersed when the Georgia Dunsmuir Viaduct was reconstructed and rerouted directly through the thriving community.

Our Societies goal has been to develop a cultural centre of its own, and the African Descent Festival is a means to gather the community and create cultural exchanges with the greater Vancouver communities building towards that goal.

Our Headliners this year will be Eddy Kenzo & The Ghetto Kids, coming all the way from Uganda. They are a multi award winning group including recently the BET Awards in LA and Nickelodeon Kids Choice Awards. They are a very talented group that give inspiration after rising out of the Ghetto of Kampala, Uganda to become top selling recording artists and dancers.

We are also bringing renowned Toronto based Sudanese artist, Emmanuel Jal, local Guinean-born Juno Award winner Alpha Yaya Diallo, Vancouver based Rwandese international artist Ezra Kwizera, and many more!!!

The African Descent Society BC has partnered with The United Nations in promoting and implementing the UN International Decade for People of African Descent: Recognition, Justice & Development. As well as promoting music and arts our festival aims to educate the public about the decade and the issues that people of African descent face on the continent as well as the diaspora. The festival will feature a historical exhibition and guest speakers.

Here is our website (updates in progress)
Facebook: @AfricanDescentFestival
YouTube: ,
Eddy Kenzo YouTube:  ,
Emmanuel Jal YouTube:  ,
Alpha Yaya Diallo YouTube:  ,
Ezra Kwizera YouTube:  , Donald McLeod:  Honourable Jean Augustine: Sarah Kanyike:




Saturday, July 14, 2018 (All day)