Gathering over 18,000 Indigenous and non- Indigenous attendees alike, the Festival features 11 exciting days of traditional and contemporary visual arts, film, theatre, dance, and music. Events include Indigenous Industry Series, the community Métis Kitchen Party, Celebration of Powwow Culture & Aboriginal Artisan Fair, workshops, masterclasses and Talking Circles.
Drawing meaning from the salmon's journey to their spawning grounds, 2018's Talking Stick Festival is named Scháyilhen (S-ch-eye-yay-lh-un), which translates to "Salmon Going Up River"; speaking to the journey the community is taking towards embracing and celebrating Indigenous art forms and practices.
Program highlights include:
- SOKALO a vibrant work by [ZØGMA], a percussive dance company from Quebec;
- MAP OF LAND, MAP OF THE STARS, by Gwaandak Theatre (Yukon);
- Two theatre works geared to audiences grades K-6: Th'woxiya: The Hungry Feast Dish (Axis Theatre Company) and Salmon Girl (Raven Spirit Dance).
A new Reel Indigenuity! Mentorship Program pairing Indigenous youth with established filmmakers to create short films over a 2-3 day period produced entirely using an iPhone and Snapchat. Works premiere at the Reel Reservations Gala. Other Galas include our Wax hoks en Shqalawin (Open Your Hearts) Gala, All Our Relations Wrap Party and the wildly popular Ab-Original Cabaret.
For tickets and schedule information, visit Talking Stick Festival online.