Please join us at Talking Stick Festival 2014, February 18 - March 2, 2014.
EXPERIENCE, EXPLORE, ENJOY
ABORIGINAL CULTURE THROUGH THE ARTS
February 18 – March 2, 2014
Vancouver, BC – Discover the work of Aboriginal arts and artists at the 13th annual Talking Stick Festival presented by Full Circle First Nations Performance. This years’ festival takes place in venues throughout the city from February 18 – March 2, 2014 with national and international artists.
All areas of the performing arts are represented at the Talking Stick Festival from theatre, dance, drumming, and music to spoken word, and multimedia performance. The artistic disciplines celebrate and honour the traditional Aboriginal culture and heritage and showcase the new evolving contemporary work of today’s artists.
The festival has become a place to honour Aboriginal performance and the artistic wealth of the Aboriginal people. “Nurturing the talents and providing opportunities for our people to share their stories and have their voices heard has been my objective and passion,” stated Margo Kane, Artistic Managing Director.
Performing this year at the newly restored York Theatre will be Full Circle’s own Margo Kane performing in the hilarious and heartrending play For the Pleasure of Seeing Her Again by Michel Tremblay. Kevin Loring is the narrator, regaling us with tales about his feisty mother and with Margo Kane, as Nana.
Also performing at the York is the singing sensation and Juno Award winner, Crystal Shawanda. Crystal’s single, “You Can Let Go” was the fastest rising single in Canadian BDS History and reached the top 5 in Canada and top 20 in the US. Her debut album, “Dawn of a new Day” was Billboard’s highest charting album by a Native American in history! Crystal was honoured to perform at the presidential inauguration in Washington, DC in January 2013 and won her first Juno Award for Aboriginal Album of the Year. The Talking Stick Festival is excited to be able to bring her talent to Vancouver.
A powerful work being performed is Quilchena, a story of love and loss, based on the true story of Monica Jack, who went missing from her home community in 1978. Directed and written by Artistic Director Tara Beagan, with a tour de force performance of Sera Lys-McArthur. Another dynamic piece is The Hours that Remain, a Gwaandak Theatre production in association with New Harlem Productions that explores the story of a woman haunted by the disappearance of her sister. Included is Raven Meets the Monkey King, a work by Louise Moon and presented by Axis Theatre Company. It is a story of a young girl who finds a First Nations Raven mask wrapped in an original Chinese Opera Poster – the story unfolds with the two cultures sharing their respective cultures and stories.
Another highlight is Raven’s Radio Hour, a spoof of 40’s style radio shows, which blends traditional Alaska Native stories with song, dance and comedy, written and performed by Ed Bourgeois and Jack Dalton.
Rich with dancers and dance companies from North America, the festival includes dance works by Rosy Simas, Maura Garcia, Santee Smith along with local companies - the Dancers of Damelahamid and Raven Spirit Dance.
On the music front the festival is thrilled to have A Tribe Called Red from Ottawa, a group who has been mixing traditional Powwow vocals and drumming with cutting-edge electronic music, creating a truly unique sound that’s impacting the global electronic scene and urban club culture.
Again this year, the hugely successful and popular Workshops in Schools Series and the Professional Development Series will continue, nurturing future artists in the Aboriginal community.
This years’ festival is not to be missed, - it is rich in all forms of the arts.
Tickets and festival passes are available
Tickets range from $12 - $40
and Pay What You Can performances.
About the Talking Stick Festival...
The Talking Stick Festival was initially conceived in 2001 as a one evening of cabaret performance. Since that time it has grown and evolved into what it is today – a two week celebration serving to preserve and promote the language, culture and art forms of the First Nations people by developing and presenting Aboriginal traditions of music, dance and storytelling in a contemporary and entertaining way. The stories and art practices in the First Nations culture have enormous depth and are rich in teachings and the festival is an avenue to bring Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people together, to network, share ideas and pass on knowledge.
Since its inception, the festival has become a place to honour Aboriginal performance, the artistic wealth of the people, and the promise of their future in Canada and has evolved into a fully diversified Aboriginal arts programming offering a number of programs to help develop and educate artists, to inspire young Aboriginal students and to offer accessible and affordable cultural experiences to the marginalized and economically disadvantaged population as well as the mainstream general public
Origins and meaning of the Talking Stick:
The Talking Stick is a democratic symbol of power, honour and integrity used since time immemorial among Indigenous North Americans; particularly First Nations of the West Coast. Talking Sticks of the Coastal Peoples are often elaborately carved and decorated signifying to all important teachings and tribal linage. This serves as both visual and spiritual reminders to the holder of the Talking Stick, and to those listening, to conduct themselves in a manner of decorum and mutual respect for all their relations to witness. Other Nations of the Americas use feathers, wampum, pipes and other sacred items in the same way: to designate who has the right and obligation to speak truthfully and be respectively heard without interruption. Traditionally, Talking Sticks have been, and continue to be, used during critical meetings such as treaty negotiations, as well as important social events and gatherings such as: totem pole raisings and potlatches.