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About Us

The Victoria International Kizomba Festival is an annual three-day Festival held in beautiful Victoria. The vision of the Festival is to promote appreciation for Kizomba alongside Semba, Urban Kiz, Tarraxinha, and Afro beat through music, workshops, and social dancing. The Victoria International Kizomba Festival team is composed of dedicated, driven, and passionate individuals based out of Victoria and Vancouver. Our goal is to share our love for dance with communities from Victoria, the rest of Canada, and around the world. The team is guided by professionalism and a commitment to excellence. We strive to provide the highest quality Festival where attendees have the opportunity to
learn from high caliber national and international instructors, enjoy social dancing to music provided by the best DJs in the world, and make lifelong friendships.

THE VICTORIA INTERNATIONAL KIZOMBA FESTIVAL STRIVES TO DEMONSTRATE THAT DANCE IS NOT JUST A WAY OF LIFE BUT A UNIVERSAL AND UNIFYING LANGUAGE.

OUR FOCUS IS TO BRING TOGETHER ATTENDEES FROM CANADA AND BEYOND FOR AN AMAZING AND UNFORGETTABLE WEEKEND TO CELEBRATE A COMMON PASSION, WHILE SHOWCASING THE WONDERS THAT VICTORIA AND VANCOUVER ISLAND HAVE TO OFFER.

 

VISION, MISSION, AND CORE VALUES

In promoting Afro-Latin dance styles, music, the history and origins at our events in Victoria, B.C., the Afro Latin Cultural Exchange Society (ALCES) strives to create a unifying cultural event promoting synergy between international and local artists and attendees.

We encourage the discovery of new artists, facilitating integration and closer ties between local communities, and giving our local artists exposure and a platform to perform at a high level.

The ALCES promotes equality, diversity, multiculturalism, respect, and inclusion. We make a conscious effort that our events are created with artists, taxi dancers, ambassadors that represent diversity in race, gender, and cultural backgrounds. As well, all attendees are welcome regardless of age, race, gender, what you identify as, sexual orientation, religious or political views, or for any other reason.

The ALCES is committed to promoting at our events an environment free from harassment, discrimination and abuse. Therefore, we do not tolerate harassment of any kind, any racism behaviour, any discrimination, and any unwanted attention.

In Victoria, we are extremely proud of having a very welcoming dance community. The positive energy is infectious and as we have always said “come as a guest and leave as a friend.”