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Drummers in traditional dress make their way through the audience at the Adäka Cultural Festival, 2018.
Members of the Dakhká Khwaan Dancers make an entrance through the crowd, during the Sharing Our Spirt Celebration at the Adäka Cultural Festival, 2018 - Photo: Archbould.com
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Yukon First Nations Culture and Tourism Association

Program and component
Creating, Knowing and Sharing, Short-Term Projects

Community
Whitehorse, YT

Field of practice
Indigenous Arts - Multidisciplinary Arts

Grant amount
$82,000

Fiscal year
2017-18

Yukon First Nations Culture and Tourism Association gets grant to produce festival

The Yukon First Nations Culture and Tourism Association (YFNCT) aims to grow vibrant, sustainable arts and culture and tourism sectors. In 2018, it produced Coming Into The Light: Adäka Cultural Festival.

More than a festival

Adäka means “coming into the light” in southern Tutchone. For YFNCT, it is also an annual Indigenous visual and performing arts and cultural festival, with artists from across the North. But it’s also an engine for the artistic development of Yukon’s Indigenous arts sector, and an opportunity for artistic exchange. It includes a studio area where artists work side by side, sharing their knowledge and forging new relationships and networks.

Shared artistic practices, international exposure

At the festival, artists exchange experiences and learn from each other. The North is at the centre of social, environmental and economic change that affects the lives of northern peoples. By sharing their cultural similarities and challenges—and through collaboration and learning—artists’ voices become stronger. Adäka 2018 featured artists from Alaska, NWT, Nunavut, Nunatsiavut, Nunavik, Russia, Greenland, Norway, Sweden and Finland.

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