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 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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