Thank you for a rich and magical celebration!
This year, we celebrated 5 years of Connecting Communities, Cultures and Continents with our finest and fullest event yet. From our red carpet reception to film screenings, visual arts exhibit, panel discussions, live performances, African food, an African market, etc., the entire festival weekend offered unique social and artistic visions that engaged our audience in thought-provoking dialogue, and offered film artists and film lovers alike an opportunity to connect.
Our festival's featured artist was 21 year-old Nigerian-Canadian, Ms. Kosi Nnebe, whose thought provoking work challenged our definitions of beauty and identity. The African Women in Technology forum on Saturday, October 18 featured an illuminating conversation with Africa's next generation of women leaders in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and athematics.
Our journey from the first year to the fifth was long but steady as all of you became the wind beneath our wings. I will like to thank our presenting partners Community School of Music and Arts and African Diaspora Network; our sponsors, donors, staff, advisors, volunteers and festival attendees without whom this festival will not be possible. Special thanks to our filmmakers for sharing their talent and enriching us with their stories.
I look forward to seeing you at SVAFF 2015, October 16-18, 2015.
Chike C. Nwoffiah