Kwèykw`áystway – Visual Arts

Full Circle First Nations Performance is very excited to present the 16th Annual Talking Stick Festival February 16-26, 2017, Western Canada’s premier Indigenous Multi-Disciplinary Performing Arts Festival.The Festival is proud to announce Visual Arts Exhibition – Kwèykw`áystway: Speaking With One Another, February 15-25, 2017 Roundhouse Community Arts and Recreation Centre 181 Roundhouse Mews, Vancouver, B.C.

For the visual art component of #TSF2017 the festival theme Kwèykw`áystway serves as inspiration for finding a wide variety of works by a number of artists whose visual practice communicates across media, Nations and generations. Featuring a collection of artworks from 11 multidisciplinary artists of Indigenous ancestry, and curated by Jay Havens (Haudenosaunee Mohawk and Scottish Canadian ancestry). Kwèykw`áystway: Speaking With One Another attempts to create generative spaces for contemplation and conversation using the variety of expression found in Indigenous art today.

Originally from Abbotsford, Jay Havens is currently based out of Haida Gwaii, BC. He holds a BFA from the University of British Columbia and is currently a master’s candidate at Emily Carr University of Art + Design. Havens is an interdisciplinary artist working in the fields of contemporary art, scenography and education. Since 2009 he has produced 25 murals and various collaborative art projects for the Abbotsford School District which speak to the history of the Fraser Valley as told from First Nations perspectives.

Kwèykw`áystway: Speaking With One Another serves as the hub of the Talking Stick Festival and is the meeting place for the community, to witness voices belonging to the best of the Indigenous arts community. Showcasing work from across Turtle Island the exhibition includes a number of artists who come from or reside in BC. The festival theme ‘speaking with one another’ is reflected in the title of the exhibition and invites all nations and all cultures to come together in celebration of art and community. We use the language belonging to this region to recognize the traditional territory and deepen our relationship to the land around us. .

The Talking Stick Festival features 11 days of entertainment including Film, Theatre, Dance, Celebration of Powwow Culture and Aboriginal Artisan Fair, Métis Fair, Talking Circles, Music Concert Series, Industry Series and much more! Proudly located on the traditional unceded territories of the Coast Salish People.

For more information on the Talking Stick Festival, and complete schedule and tickets please visit the website at For Media Inquires and Interviews contact: Suzette Amaya – Talking Stick Festival – Publicist

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