Alianait Arts Festival 2015 lineup unveiled

The Alianait Arts Festival will run from June 26 to July 1 in Iqaluit with performers from around the circumpolar world and as far away as Brazil.

Igloolik circus group Artcirq, Brazilian bluegrass band among scheduled performers

Elisapee Davidee Aningmiuq, Mary Wilman, and Wilman's granddaughter light the qulliq at the 2014 Alianait Arts Festival in Iqaluit. The festival returns this summer with another great lineup. (Courtesy Ellen Skura)

The lineup for the 2015 Alianait Arts Festival was unveiled today, with some of the top acts including one of Greenland's most popular bands, Nanook, plus Igloolik circus group Artcirq and Arctic fiddler Colin Adjun.

The big top tent where many concerts are held. (Jeremy Lafond/CBC)
"Our theme this year is Unikkausivut: Our Stories, which is a very important part of the history and culture of Nunavut," says festival director Heather Daley. "We're really excited for our artists to be sharing their stories." 

The Young Circumpolar Artists Collaboration, a new addition to the festival, will bring together young artists from Greenland, Nunavut and Nunavik, says Daley.

Other performers will include Matuto, a Brazilian bluegrass band from New York, and Bobs & LoLo of Treehouse TV fame.

​This year's festival will last longer than in recent years, running from June 26 to July 1.

Full List of Alianait Arts Festival 2015 Performers

  • Agaaqtoq
  • Artcirq
  • Bobs & LoLo
  • Colin Adjun & Band
  • David Myles
  • Etulu Aningmiuq
  • Hans Henrik Poulsen
  • Kamaalukutaat
  • Kasuktaqtiit
  • Matuto
  • Nanook 
  • Priscilla's Revenge
  • Qatagiit
  • Siiva & Tukummeq
  • Slocan Ramblers
  • The Sweet Lowdown
  • Willie Stratton & the Boarding Party