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Virtual Carifest (YYC)

August 14, 2020 - August 15, 2020


FRIDAY, AUGUST 14, 2020 | 6pm – 9pm

We kick off Virtual Carifest with some of Calgary’s grooviest dance and fitness instructors! Tune in to our FACEBOOK LIVE to work up a sweat with this line up:

FIT VIBES | 6PM | FitRev
WEST AFRICAN | 6:45PM | Masani St Rose-Toth
SOCA | 7:30PM | Nicole Andrea Pemberton
AFRO-BEATS | 8:15PM | Amanda Okafor
ZOUK | 9PM | Nelson Arsenault
ISLAND MASH UP | 9:45PM | Sabrina Naz

SATURDAY, AUGUST 15, 2020 | 12pm – 6pm

Connect to our Virtual Carifest in three different ways and get ready for a spectacular show featuring international and local artists!

FACEBOOK! Tune in for some virtual vibes on our MAIN PAGE from 12 – 6PM! Be sure to SHARE, LIKE & FOLLOW to stay in the loop!

ZOOM! Pre-register to be featured in our livestream on day TWO of the festival! Dress up in your favourite carnival costume, grab a drink with a friend and bring some bacchanal to the screen! (Stand by for the registration link!)

 Join the action in real life by reserving your spot at one of the following Caribbean associations:

Celebrating Caribbean Culture in Calgary

How We Got Started

In the 1980’s a group of individuals from the Caribbean community formed the CanCarib Association. These individuals believed they had a responsiblity to educate the community about Caribbean culture because they wanted the community to know that the culture was more than just food and music. The Association was eventually renamed to The Caribbean Community Council of Calgary.

The Growth

Carifest grew year after year to become the city’s largest festival! Attendees such as the Prime Minister, dignitaries from other countries and international artists have all travelled to take part of the festivities.Carifest effectively raised the inquisitiveness of the community with more than 20,000 attending the Sunshine Market during Saturday’s event.

The First Festival

The CanCarib acquired all the resources they needed to organize the first festival which was held at Prince’s Island Park. During that time they did not receive assistance from the City of Calgary. It was the idea of the CanCarib Board of Directors that each Caribbean island should showcase their culture — and that was how Carifest was born!

Community Connection

Carifest became the vehicle used to begin a healthy relationship between the Caribbean community and the Calgary Police Service. A few Carifest executives were requested to provide strategies to new recruits on maintaining a healthy relationship with the Caribbean community.


August 14, 2020
August 15, 2020
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Carifest Calgary
(403) 836-1266
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