proudly presents:
The 1st Annual Vancouver Island Kizomba Festival – VIKIZFEST 2018 in beautiful Nanaimo, BC. For our inaugural year, we’ve pulled out all the stops offering something for everyone!

The Festival features:
– 2 full days of event dance workshops with high caliber instructors
– 2 evenings of DJ Performances (Fri/Sat – restricted to 16+ years of age)
– *Friday afternoon a la carte Private Lessons and Workshop Intensives (*private registration; not included with festival ticket)
– Saturday Exhibitor/Vendor Booths, Photobooth, Dance Competitions, and Dance Showcase Performances (all ages show).
– Sunday evening Festival After Party hosted by LevelTwo Nightclub (restricted to 19+ years of age)

Dance Participants:
VIKIZFEST offers a full weekend of learning and dancing to expand your dance growth and development:
– High quality workshops Workshops from Beginners to Advanced levels in Semba and Kizomba with renowned and accomplished instructors.
– *Master Workshops with Charles ‘Mr.NeoKiz’ Ogar (*for VIP Pass Holders only)
– **Opportunities to attend for Private Lessons and Intensive workshops (**Private Lessons and Intensive Workshops are not included in ticket pricing.)

Festival Spectators:
Curious about the Angolan dance called Kizomba? This is your chance to see what all the excitement is about!
– Saturday Exhibitor/Vendor Booths, Photobooth, Dance Competitions, and Dance Showcase Performances (all ages show)
– Fri and Sat night DJ Performances (16+ years of age);
– Festival After Party hosted by LevelTwo Nightclub (19+ years of age)

Our Amazing Line-Up Of Instructors:
– Charles “Mr. NeoKiz” Ogar (USA)
– Eugene “Tin-Man” Cleveland & Jhanelle Lorene (USA/CAN)
– Galina Lipina (USA)
– Nephew Drummer (USA)
– Phillyp Chanlatte (USA)

DJ Performances by:
– Charles “Mr. NeoKiz” Ogar (USA)
– Jeff Yim aka DJ Jeff (CAN)
– Nephew Drummer (USA)

VIKIZFEST Saturday Showcase
Master of Ceremonies: Chris Wood

– Tourism Nanaimo
– Canucks Autism Network
– Luna Photolounge
– Sarah-Lea’s Dance Shoes
– more to follow…

Dance Competition:
1st Annual VIKIZFEST AM-AM (Amateur-Amateur) Jack and Jill Competition. Prizes and awards offered to best social dancers as chosen by our Event Instructors.

Dance Performing Artists:
– Eugene “Tin-Man” Cleveland & Jhanelle Lorene (Kizomba –
– Phillyp Chanlatte & Galina Lipina (Semba – USA/USA)
– Rick Clark (Zouk – Zouk Victoria)
– Salsa Caliente Performance Team (Bachata & Salsa – Salsa Caliente)

More instructors, DJs, performing artists, and Exhibitors/Vendors to be announced soon!

All workshops and DJ Performances will be held at the stunning Vancouver Island Conference Centre. Festival After Party on Sunday night hosted by LevelTwo Nightclub.

VIKIZFEST has partnered with a variety of Nanaimo Hoteliers to provide added fun experiences and cost savings. Visit for festival rates.

Age restrictions:
VIKIZFEST Saturday Showcase: All ages
DJ Performances: restricted to 16+ years of age
Festival After Party: restricted to 19+ years of age

Portions of all ticket proceeds will go to the Canucks Autism Network.

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