Talking Stick Festival 2012 (Feb 20th-Mar 4th)
I’m way late in writing about one of my favorite events, the Annual Talking Stick Festival, in its 2012 edition.
The 11thAnnual Talking Stick Festival, celebrating aboriginal artists from a variety of artistic expressions, is being held from February 20 – March 4, 2012 in various venues in Yaletown and along Commercial Drive. This vibrant festival provides a stage for extraordinary Aboriginal artists, established and emerging, featuring diverse and varied performances by some of the top local, national and international First Nations arts. Celebrating its 11th year with award winning theatre pieces, live music, dance, slam poetry, storytelling and performance art, the artists of First Nations are truly in full voice!
Tickets are available at Tickets Tonight or call 604-684-2787 Tickets range from $12 – $25, and Pay What You Can performances.
There is a number of amazing performances (and the whole festival starts TONIGHT). Because I’m late writing about this, I will not be able to give away tickets to the opening gala, but there are a couple of really good performances that I have tickets for a contest. One lucky reader of mine will be able to enjoy In A World Created By A Drunken God (Feb 23rd) and another lucky reader of mine will witness Chocolate Woman Dreams The Milky Way.
In a World Created by a Drunken God by Drew Hayden Taylor – Thurs. Feb. 23at 8pm, Roundhouse Community Centre
A powerful drama by one of Canada’s leading First Nations playwrights (Drew Hayden Taylor), In a World Created by a Drunken God raises questions that transcend issues of culture, morality and history, cutting to the heart of what it means to be human in a world stripped of convenient labels and identity politics.
Chocolate Woman Dreams the Milky Way by Monique Mojica – Tues. Feb. 28 at 8pm, Roundhouse Community Centre
The Talking Stick Festival and Chocolate Woman Collective present Chocolate Woman Dreams the Milky Way an innovative blend of physical theatre, visual story-telling and traditional Kuna aesthetic. Written by Toronto playwright and performer Monique Mojica and directed by internationally renowned Kuna actor and director Jose A. Colman.
To enter my giveaway all you need to do is to tell me if you have ever acquired First Nations art and from which band. As you may have noticed, I have lots of hummingbird-themed memorabilia, most of it from the Haida Gwaii nation, although I have some art pieces by artists who are from the Squamish nation. I’m actually very proud of the First Nations artistic heritage that Canada has and how I have incorporated it into my day to day life.
I will draw a winner for the first piece on February 22nd at 2pm, to leave enough time for the winner to be contacted, and the second winner on February 26th. At any rate, you should totally check out the Talking Stick Festival 2012. For an additional entry, as usual, you can tweet the following:
Talked about First Nations art on @hummingbird604′s blog to enter to win tickets to the Talking Stick Festival 2012 http://is.gd/4ydznn
You will be amazed at some of the wonderful dance and theatre pieces the program offers. And the tickets are extremely affordable.
Check out the full schedule online.
- Summer Playland Festival 2012 (SPF 2012) July 6-8th at the PNE
- Surrey Children’s Festival 2012 (May 24-26)
- Projecting Change Film Festival 2012 (Apr 17-22, 2012)
- 20th Annual Wellness Show – February 17, 18 & 19, 2012
- The 10th Annual Talking Stick Festival (Feb 1-13) – win festival passes!