About Us

ABOUT US.

AFEX (African Experience Festival) is a festival organized by community partner organizations that have far reaching goals including preserving and maintaining African arts and heritage experiences through cultural education, art and dance classes and exhibitions; encouraging community members to live a healthy lifestyle through sports, cooking classes and healthy eating habits; ensuring the safety and security of citizens through education; mentoring programs for youth and young adults; creating creative spaces for local artists/professionals to showcase their talent and works when they would otherwise not have the opportunities to do so. Showcases include art, music, spoken word, sports and others. Providing volunteering hours and helping people build skills in leadership, team management, event and project management and others. Ultimately, building stronger and healthier communities.

MISSION.

Our mission is  cultural education. We want people to experience Africa – the peoples, art, culture, way of life. Using interactive programming, we hope to create an understanding of what Africa means and what it represents. Part of our mission includes:

  • Bring Africans together to showcase our rich cultural heritage
  • Building a stronger and Healthier Community
  • Educating the world about Africa

VISION.

  • Telling the African story from an African perspective
  • Coalescing efforts to create innovative and forward thinking ideas for the Pan- African continent
  • Educating the world about Africa to create a better understanding of its peoples, culture, art and history
  • Showcasing the talents, skills and vocations that exist among Africans

We Need You ! Volunteer with AFEX

AFEX depends on volunteers and donors like you to ensure we offer the quality of programming we put out during the year of the festival. AFEX is usually in June but the partner organizations of AFEX also organize community focused events throughout the year. You can support the festival by:

  • volunteering in one of the departments
  • sponsoring an event during the festival year
  • suggesting an idea
  • donating towards activities
  • acting as an ambassador to promote the mission and vision of the festival

The festival is volunteer-driven and every fund donated goes towards festival activities. As the festival is governed by non-profit bodies, accounting is provided to Boards of Directors, partner organizations, funding bodies and by request to donors.

We appreciate your support. Thank you.

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PARTNERS

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SCHEDULE

My African Corner Presents - Afropreneur Social. Join us on Sunday, June 11th for a fun evening with noteworthy professionals and entrepreneurs of African descent at the opening ceremony of the African Experience Festival -My African Corner presents The Afropreneur Social The evening will feature keynote speaker - Njeri Rionge who has been recognised by Forbes as one of Africa’s most successful women (bio below). Check out our photo booth, art pieces by local artists, live music and DJ with the latest afrobeats. Venue: Brassaii 461 King St W, Toronto, ON M5V 1K4 Time: Doors open at 6:30 pm Cost Advanced Tickets: $30 (until June 5); Regular Tickets: $35 (Ticket price includes 1 drink ticket, 1 complementary raffle ticket and appetizers at the event.) Dress Code: A touch of Africa. (Find vendors at https://www.instagram.com/myafricancorner/) Special thanks to our community partners - Manyatta Network, Ncity, Canadian Association of Urban Financial Professionals (CAUFP) and Black Female Accountants Network (BFAN). Tickets to the opening ceremony of the AFEX Festival - Afropreneur Social - are available here : https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/the-afropreneur-social-african-experience-festival-tickets-34955626219 Eventbrite - AFEX 2017
June 12 sees members of the AFEX team visiting schools under the TDSB and TCDSB to have a presentation and demonstration about the need to understand diversity and tolerance. Canada is a friendly, multicultural country that welcomes people from all over the world and as Canadians, we represent the ideal of multiculturalism. During visits, team members will have interactive presentations with teachers and students. Activities may include African head wrap sessions and drama/role playing. In 2016, the kids at the Africentric Alternative school enjoyed a rewarding session of education, fashion and conversation. This year, we will visit the Africentric Alternative School again.
Join Sale for an intense session of dance and workout as you sweat out to afro beats and soca. Venue: Toronto Dance Theatre - 80 Winchester Street, Toronto, ON, M4X 1B2 Time - 6:30pm Ticket : $20 Eventbrite - AFEX 2017
Bring the kids aged 2-12 along to enjoy an evening of storytelling from the best kids authors of the African continent and the diaspora. The kids get an opportunity to take pictures with the author and parents can get a copy of the books. 5pm - 6:30pm | Tickets - FREE Venue: Barbara Frum Library - 20 Covington Rd, North York, ON M6A 3C1 Eventbrite - AFEX 2017
Food is a large aspect of the African culture. Enjoy a sumptuous 3-course menu learned from an African Chef. Chefs Palate at AFEX aims to wow guests with culinary delights that present a fusion of traditional dishes with influences from other cultures. It is a taste of two worlds. Students will expect to have a hands on experience learning courses. Course include:
  • Tilapia Quiche
  • Plantain Ravioli with cheese, spinach and tomato sauce....ground lamb as the meat option
  • Dejuee- mango smoothie with millet
Guests get to enjoy a specially prepared ginger drink and 2 glasses of wine as part of the cost of tickets. Venue - Cuisine Sante Des Canadiens
1606 Eglinton Ave W, York, ONM6E 2G8
Time - 6pm
Chefs - Chef Guy Dongue and Chef Ama Doh
Eventbrite - AFEX 2017
The 3rd year of the African Experience Festival continues with a screening of films made by local and International filmmakers from Africa. This mini 1-day film festival showcases film content from the continent and the diaspora. This year, AFEX is proud to present  - Africa United co-presented with People's Motherland   AFRICA UNITED tells the extraordinary story of three Rwandan children and their bid to achieve their ultimate dream - to take part in the opening ceremony of the 2010 Football World Cup in Johannesburg. On the way to the vital selection trial, disaster strikes when Fabrice, Dudu and Beatrice board the wrong bus and cross into the Congo. Without papers, money or a believable story, they are escorted to a children's refugee camp. But with considerable ingenuity and sass (and a World Cup wall chart for a map), our pint-sized heroes escape the camp and set off in pursuit of their dream, picking up along the way a "dream team" of displaced kids, who help them negotiate a series of thrilling and hilarious adventures. During their 3000 mile journey, we encounter an Africa few people ever see; experience an epic adventure across seven countries; and feel the joy, laughter and hope that comes from making an incredible journey together. AFRICA UNITED is the feature-length directorial debut by Debs Gardner-Paterson. Tickets - Child (0-12): $5  Youth/Adults/Seniors -$10 Time 5pm Venue - North York Civic Centre - 5100 Yonge Street North York ON M2N 5V7 Eventbrite - AFEX 2017
Join thousands of Africans to cheer groups of African men as they play to win the coveted AFEX Soccer Team of the Year award. Nothing brings Africans together more than the love of sports. This friendly game of football will have an atmosphere of fun, laughter, sports and camaraderie. Come cheer a friend, colleague or stranger as they sweat out to victory. Venue: G. Ross Lord Park - 4801 Dufferin Street North York ON M3H 5T3 Time - 4 pm Ticket: FREE Eventbrite - AFEX 2017
Experience the best of Africa in an outdoor festival with authentic food, good music, dance and games. This free event will attract thousands of people from all over Canada to celebrate African culture at the Mel Lastman Square in Toronto. Eat something new, buy a unique African item as a keepsake, win a game of oware (ayo), learn how to tie géle (the African head wrap), storytelling and face painting for kids, dance and listen to good music and make new friends at this family event...all at AFEX 2017. Supafrik x AFEX Block Party - We are bringing downtown vibes uptown. End the AFEX Festival in grand style with the crew that throws the best parties. Featuring DJ Camron and DJ Elle. Hosted by Chi. All the Afrobeats your heart desires. Come out and shake body. Venue - Mel Lastman Square - 5100 Yonge Street Toronto On Time - 2pm - 10pm Eventbrite - AFEX 2017

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