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Adäka Cultural Festival

Adäka means "coming into the light" in the Southern Tutchone language. The Festival is committed to shining a light on the creative spirit of Yukon First Nations people, helping to preserve and revitalize our arts and culture, while inspiring artists and youth to take pride in their heritage and communities. With unique opportunities like Adäka our artists will undoubtedly continue to set new standards of quality and excellence in the arts and cultural sector!

  • Status:
    Annual Festival, Non-profit 
  • Main Communities Served:
    Adults, All Ages, Children, Dis/Abilities, FNMI, Seniors, Youth 
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  • Arts Focus:
    Dance, Media Arts, Multidisciplinary, Music, Theatre, Visual Arts 
  • Main Community-Engaged Arts / Arts for Social Change Activities:
    The Adäka Cultural Festival features close to 250 performing artists, 80 visual artists and 35 knowledge keepers, presenters, and film makers.

    With a capacity of 400 people, the Festival main stage presents 42 hours programming including traditional dance and drumming, fiddling and jigging, film screenings, a cooking show, storytelling, award winning singer/songwriters, as well as film screenings. Over 35 cultural presentations are offered throughout the week. The presentations attracted a wide range of audiences, on such subjects as; traditional watercraft of the north, traditional languages, land-based culture, traditional watercraft, Regalia, the spirit of plants, contemporary indigeneity, and Dene Hand Games. 
  • Mandate/Mission:
    The Adäka Cultural Festival was launched in July 2011, with a mission to develop and deliver a world-class, iconic festival that showcases, celebrates, and fosters the development of Yukon’s diverse and distinctive First Nations arts and culture. 
  • Main Contact Name:
    Alexis Hougen, Marketing Coordinator 
  • Secondary Contact:
    Charlene Alexander, Executive Director 
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  • Address:
    1-1109 Front Street
    Whitehorse, YT  Y1A5G4 

Last updated on 2019-04-16 17:20:40. Submitted by: Adäka Cultural Festival