Experience African and Caribbean culture

August 26-27, 2017

At last, summer festival period is here! Make sure to enjoy our many local festivals. Get outside, shake loose some knots, get inspired, and learn something new.

Get a costume and participate in this year’s Carnival Parade!

Up coming events!
Free Impromptu Drumming workshops – TBA, In spaces like outside Kitchener City Hall

 

 

Kidspark
August 20, 2017, Victoria Park, Kitchener

Visit our booth and sample some drumming
Try on a costume piece and take a pic

LINK Picnic Festival – August 26 – 27

Up coming events!

Activities For the Festival Days!
SATURDAY, AUGUST 26, 2017SUNDAY, AUGUST 27, 2017

THE SATURDAY 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 Shaka Zulu & Gerima

~Bring your drums and percussion instruments if you have. 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 display of the African and Caribbean musical Diaspora. Come ready to dance and enjoy the various Groups and DJ presentations.

Visit Mainstage artists on Artists Page for more!

Steelpan Yard (Sunday only)

Children’s Village

Activities for Children – Crafts, games, races (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.

Guess How Much candy is in the candy jar and you win!

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

 

Carnival Parade Costume Booking

If you didn’t get to mass camp, book a costume (while they last)  for Sunday’s Parade and get ready to move your body to the sweet Caribbean & African beats.

Norris-Lue Domino Tournament

Registration — Saturday 12 – 1 pm

Sponsored by Caribbean Canadian Association Waterloo Region

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THE SUNDAY 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 Gerima, Shaka Zulu and other Guests.

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 (Sunday only)

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

Get a sample lesson in a workshop at 2pm

Led by Carol Taylor of Acoustic Steel

Children’s Village & Carnival Costume Parade

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

Races and Games — 3-Legged, Egg & spoon, potato, sack race and such

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! (come early to be ready by parade time).

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!

All ages welcome to join the parade; It’s a family affair. The boy and girl (Top Male and Female Reveler) that shows the most carnival spirit takes home a trophy. An so does the Top Mas Family.

Avoid the rush for a costume. Bring your own or borrow one of ours. Three days of mass camp are offered to help you prepare for the parade in the park.

All ages welcome.

Limbo Contest

How low can you go? The three lowest receives a medal


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