Experience African and Caribbean culture

 

At last, summer festival period is here! You’ve got to make sure you enjoy our many local festivals. Get outside, shake loose some knots, get inspired, learn something new.

The next festival we participate in is Kids Park at Victoria Park. Come visit our booth.

And see you at this year’s LINK Picnic Festival & Carnival Parade!

Activities For the Festival Days!
SATURDAY, AUGUST 22, 2015SUNDAY, AUGUST 23, 2015

THE DAY INCLUDES:

Drumming Village

The day begins with the communicative power of the drum. Come to the Drumming Village to enjoy Drum & Dance performances, workshops and to participate in the Drum & Dance Circles Facilitated by Jason Cave & Gerima

~Bring your drums and percussion instruments to join the drumming circle all ages welcome no experience required. ~

A drumming circle is a living evolving work of art that allows creative ways for self expression. Drumming is fun, a good mood changer, a powerful connector, an energy booster and a great relaxant. Come enjoy a spiritual, musical and community experience.

Mainstage

Enjoy the African and Caribbean musical Diaspora. Come ready to dance and enjoy the various DJ presentations.

Visit Mainstage artists on Artists Page for more!

Steelpan Yard

— with Panwaves, Tropical Steelband and Acoustic steel. Learn about pan, play a bit and dance a bit.

Get a sample lesson and joining Saturday’s beginner workshop at 2pm

Led by Carol Taylor of Acoustic Steel

Children’s Village

Activities for Children – Crafts, games, races, Limbo Contest (for all ages).

Face painting – want to be a butterfly or get a tribal look? No worries, our talented volunteers will transform you!

Sports & Games – work up a sweat at the LINK Olympics – soccer, volleyball or bucket relay!

Arts & Crafts – you can freestyle or work on a signature craft. Your creativity has no bounds.

Art Innovators --International Leaders in Arts Education
Art Innovators –International Leaders in Arts Education

Guess How Much Candy Jars – Closest wins jar

Costume Loan (while they last) – if you didn’t get to mass camp; last chance to get a costume for the parade on Sunday

And a couple more surprises! You will have to come and see!

Norris-Lue Domino Tournament

Registration — Saturday 12 – 1 pm

Sponsored by Caribbean Canadian Association Waterloo Region

THE DAY INCLUDES:

Mainstage Music

Reggae, Sudanese infused jazz, Traditional African from Madagascar, Zimbabwe and other regions, Calypso, Soca, Jazz, Drumming, Hip Hop, R&B, Gospel, Folk, Dance, Fashion Extraordinaire

Drumming Village

Bring your drum and percussion instruments. Join the jam.

Performances by Oshungo Drum & Dance, the Soga Family, Master Drummer Amadou Kienou, Shaka Zulu and others.

Drumming Workshops

Dance Workshop

Latin Dance Workshop by Jeffery Cummins

A Drumming circle is a living evolving art that allows creative ways for self expression. Drumming is fun, a good mood changer, a powerful connector, an energy booster and a great relaxant. Come enjoy a spiritual, musical and community experience.

Bring your drums and percussion instruments to join the drumming circle; all ages welcome; no experience required.

Steelpan Yard

— with Panwaves, Tropical Steelband and Acoustic steel. Learn about pan, play a bit and dance a bit.

Get a sample lesson

Visit The History of Steelpan display

Participate in a Rhythm Section workshop run by Clyde Dookie of Panwaves Steelband. Bring a percussion insturment. No experience necessary.

Children’s Village & Carnival Costume Parade

Carnival Parade – time to move your body to the sweet Caribbean beats. if you don’t have a costume or didn’t attend mas camp for one, come early to pick your costume and get facepainted!

The boy and girl (top male and female reveler) that shows the most carnival spirit takes home a trophy.

Our large King and Queen of the parade costumes will be in the parade! You will want to get pictures.

See pictures of the Queen costume that won 4th place at Toronto’s Junior Carnival on July 20, 2013 here.

Prepare your costume for the parade! Bring your own or borrow one of ours. Attend Mas Camp and avoid the rush for a costume. Three days of mass camp are offered to help you prepare for the parade in the park on this last day of the festival.

Express your fabulous self!

All ages welcome.

Races and Games — 3-Legged, Egg & spoon, potato, sack race Limbo Contest — how low can you go? Arts & Crafts — you can freestyle or work on a signature craft. Your creativity has no bounds. Facepainting — want to be a butterfly or get a tribal look? No worries, our talented volunteers will transform you! Carnival Parade – Come to masquerade camp to borrow a costume Limbo Contest – How low can you go? The three lowest receives a medal And a couple more surprises! You will have to come and see!


Vendors — Food, Merchandise, Information and Connections

Food Menu: West African: Jallof rice, Waakye (rice & beans), Abolo (corn, wheat & rice flour), Kenkey (cornmeal), Kelewele (Fried plantain), Red red (fried plantain and bean stew), Fried fish, Fried or grilled chicken

Caribbean: Jerk and BBQ Chicken, Curry Chicken, Curry Goat, Oxtail, Akee and Salt Fish, Fry bake, rice and peas, white rice, garden salad, fried dumplings, Curry Chicken Roti, Salt Fish & Bake, Curry Chickpeas & Roti, Plantain Chips, Red Snapper & Fries, Fries, Coconut drops, patties, hotdogs, watermelon, , Freezies

Beverages: Water, soft drinks, and tropical drinks (soursop, carrot, peanut punch, strawberry-mango, ginger beer), Slushies, Freezies