The Talking Stick Festival


The Talk­ing Stick Fes­ti­val, now in its 20th year, began as a way to show­case and cel­e­brate Indige­nous art and per­for­mance to a wider audi­ence. From its hum­ble begin­nings, this unique and excit­ing event has grown into a full 2 week Fes­ti­val held annu­al­ly in Feb­ru­ary at loca­tions across Van­cou­ver. Now attract­ing over 20,000 atten­dees each year and still grow­ing, we are not­ed as being the pre­mier, mul­ti-dis­ci­pli­nary Indige­nous arts fes­ti­val in North America.

With a desire to appeal to Indige­nous and non-Indige­nous atten­dees alike, our pro­gram­ming focus­es on the diver­si­ty of visu­al arts, dance, the­atre, music, pow­wow and film in both tra­di­tion­al and con­tem­po­rary for­mats. Through the annu­al Talk­ing Stick Fes­ti­val, we pro­vide the oppor­tu­ni­ty for artists to have a voice, a plat­form, a stage to show­case and share their sto­ries with you – our audience.

Over the years, Full Cir­cle has sup­port­ed many pro­fes­sion­al and emerg­ing artists. Our past work, high­light­ing their cre­ations, can be accessed through our archived col­lec­tion of pro­gram guides and videos from past festivals. 

Watch more per­for­mances from this year’s fes­ti­val and past festivals. 


20th Anniversary: Season of Four Fires

2021 marks the 20th anniver­sary of the Talk­ing Stick Fes­ti­val. Although we are still unable to gath­er phys­i­cal­ly as a com­mu­ni­ty, we can cel­e­brate the work of our artists online and shar­ing them dig­i­tal­ly around the world.

Full Cir­cle calls to the Four Direc­tions and All Our Rela­tions to gath­er around Four Fires, in each sea­son: win­ter, spring, sum­mer, and fall

The Fire calls us into Right Rela­tions with each oth­er. Cel­e­brat­ing acts of artis­tic trans­for­ma­tion, cre­ative defi­ance, com­mu­ni­ty-build­ing and mak­ing space for all voic­es.  Past, present, and future: sparks of our Sacred Fire, inspir­ing us to acknowl­edge and hon­or the Teach­ings and Knowl­edge of our Elders, for the well-being of all our communities.

As we cel­e­brate our 20th year, we start with Win­ter Lodge on Feb 18th , then move into Spring Awak­en­ing on April 29th. In the sum­mer, we cel­e­brate with Sum­mer Sojourn start­ing June 1st and final­ly, in the fall we cel­e­brate start­ing Sep­tem­ber 2021. Join us for our year-long pro­gram pre­sent­ing per­for­mances dur­ing the four sea­sons of fire.

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Full Cir­cle: First Nations Per­for­mance is a char­i­ta­ble orga­ni­za­tion. Pro­ceeds go toward com­mu­ni­ty out­reach oppor­tu­ni­ties, mak­ing local the­atre acces­si­ble to the less fortunate.

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