Pulcherie Mboussi

Pulcherie Mboussi

A home-style African experience

The cultural exhibition and food fair starts off the event on May 17

Celebrate all that is Africa at the first Africa Fest, hosted by the Victoria African and Caribbean Society.

The week-long event, which runs May 17 to 25, includes a variety of African food, dance, drums, music and culture.

The cultural exhibition and food fair starts off the event on May 17 from 6 to 10 p.m. and May 18 from noon to 6 p.m. in Centennial Square. Admission is by donation.

The celebration includes African and Caribbean food, a marketplace, song, dance and drumming workshops, fashion show, beauty pageant, music and dance performances, kids’ zone and a culture exhibition featuring African country flags.

The event features several drumming and dance workshops for those interested in becoming more immersed in the culture.

Jordan Hanson (Hand Drum Victoria) will be opening the festival in true African style with his amazing drumming skills.

When he isn’t on stage performing with his band, he’ll be teaching easy to follow workshops on May 18, Centennial Square, 1 to 6 p.m. for $5.

Also on May 18 enjoy Africaribbean Spirit Night ($15) at the Victoria Event Centre, 1415 Broad St.

Other events include a movie night and dance ($10) May 23; a panel discussion and Carribbean night May 24 ($15); and a friendly soccer tournament and closing gala on May 25 ($40).

For more detailed information contact their information line at 250-884-0379, email vaccsociety@gmail.com or go to vaccsociety.com.