The tent is up, and the Alianait Arts Festival starts tonight
Festival runs from June 29 to July 3 in Iqaluit
The trademark purple and yellow tent is up and the Iqaluit airport is bustling with the arrival of artists from all over the world for the annual Alianait Arts festival starting Wednesday evening.
This year's festival, which runs from June 29 to July 3, includes a smorgasbord of artists from across the world, including a heavy contingent of Inuit acts from the circumpolar nations.
For theatre lovers, the National Theatre of Greenland's production of Minik on July 2 is a sure bet. Based on the real-life story of a young Thule boy who came to New York with his family in 1987, it features Mike Thomsen, Majbritt Bech, Klaus Geisler and Hans Henrik Poulsen.
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The Nijjausiaqtuq Mumiqtullu concert on June 30 will be one of the most eclectic nights at the festival with performances by the the Mongolian-Persian band Sedaa from Germany, P.E.I.'s Eastern Belles and Edmonton alt-rock band Rend. The evening will also include three generations of Inuit music by Simeonie Keenainak, Ben Qaqqasiq and the Daniel Kolola Band.
As always, the festival includes many family-friendly and kids' events including a sing-along with award-winning entertainer and star of Will's Jams on Kids' CBC television on July 1.
The entire festival listing, as well as artists' biographies, are available on the festival app. Tickets can be purchased at the events or online.