This season’s shows consist of workshops, discussions, panels and video series.
Rising from the ashes of this summer’s fire ban, Queer Arts Festival and Full Circle: First Nations Performance will reignite our Piano Burning event on Sunday, October 24 at Mountain View Cemetery. Curated by SD Holman and Margo Kane, Annea Lockwood’s infamous work — where QAF veteran Rachel Kiyo Iwaasa performs a piano as it burns to ashes — is re-envisioned through the lens of historically banned First Nations fire ceremonies and contemporary global warming of unprecedented levels.
A hybrid in-person and Zoom discussion exploring how Indigenous artist residencies can co-create new models of colonial disruption and cultural transformation – both inside and outside of mainstream arts organizations.
Poetry and Music
Spoken words of wisdom, of knowledge, insight, humour, anger, awakening – welcome to an evening of sharing and learning with acclaimed Indigenous artists, poets, and storytellers featuring Joseph A. Dandurand, Nicola I. Campbell, and Dr. Jules Arita Koostachin. With: the dance-inspiring sounds and beats DJ O Show and the distinctive and groove-heavy swing blues music from the Rocky Mountain Badlands duo, Blue Moon Marquee.
This is an evening for reflection and honouring, certainly – and to thank those who have joined us on our year-long program of presenting performances during the four seasons of fire – as well as to rejoice, celebrate and look forward together. Enjoy a community feast, moccasin contest, and special performances.