Making a Northern Scene: Indigenous Artists Take Over Ottawa
Beginning this evening, April 25, and running to May 4, Canada’s National Arts Centre in Ottawa will present Northern Scene, the sixth in a series of biennial national Scene festivals celebrating and showcasing the country’s finest established and emerging artists, with 50 events held throughout the capital region, spanning 26 different venues. Opening ceremonies will begin this afternoon at 5 p.m.
Northern Scene will feature more than 250 artists from Yukon, the Northwest Territories, Nunavut, Nunavik, and Nunatsiavut to take over the nation’s capital. Musicians, actors, dancers, writers, visual and media artists, filmmakers, storytellers, and chefs will bring their unique talents to audiences throughout the region.
National Indigenous organizations Assembly of First Nations, Métis National Council and Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami expressed gratitude and support for all Northern artists gathering in Ottawa this week for Northern Scene.
“Northern Scene is a unique opportunity to experience and celebrate the strong and thriving Northern cultures through the important expression of art. Sharing is an essential step toward increased understanding and respect for where we come from and where we’re going. I commend all those who have travelled here to Ottawa to share their experiences, their visions and expressions with all of us, and I encourage everyone in Ottawa/Gatineau region to attend the Festival,” said Assembly of First Nations National Chief Shawn A-in-chut Atleo in a press release.
Just a few of the performers: Circus troupe Artcirq, from Nunavut; Dakhká Khwáan Dancers, from Yukon; Inuit throat singer Tanya Tagaq; Aboriginal and Inuit artists Leela Gilday, Sylvia Cloutier, Diyet and Nive Nielsen uniting for an evening of music; and Juno-nominated singer-songwriter Elisapie, from Nunavik.
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