North America's Premier Indigenous Arts and Culture Festival

The Talking Stick Festival, now in its 21st 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 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.

Talking Stick Festival 2022

This year, we gather from all 4 directions to share stories articulated through music, dance, theatre, film and other forms of art presented by the Talking Stick Festival. We travel on our canoe to journey across our ancestral land bringing you, our audience, with us to explore our Indigenous culture through the arts.

 

The eagles circle over the travelers blessing them with courage, wisdom, inspiration and strength to persevere across any terrain. The ancestral silhouettes hover above the sky, water and earth watching over them and providing guidance in their journey. While the cedar bough at the “bow” of the canoe is meant to provide protection against negative energies they may encounter during their travels.

 

The backdrop of this year’s theme is set against the majestic mountains and ocean that meet in the land of the Coast Salish People – a diverse First Nations community. We communicate our theme “Come Together” in the 3 languages spoken in this land: Ḵxwúsem (Squamish), m̓i q̓əq̓aʔt ct (Musqueam) and Qápqúthut (Tsleil-Waututh).

 

This year’s festival will be a unique experience. Our performances will be a mix of Full Circle produced events and partnerships with other notable local performing arts organizations. From June 12th to July 3rd, we will celebrate National Indigenous History Month by showcasing our talented Indigenous performers and artists.

 

We invite you to come aboard our canoe and experience our culture and history in Vancouver.

Indigenous Music Circle

WORKSHOP
Co-presented by Full Circle and cultural partner SFU Woodward's
June 11

Stories That Transform Us

FILM
Co-presented by Full Circle, Urban Ink Productions and cultural partner SFU Woodward's
Jun 12

sacred skin

VISUAL ARTS EXHIBITION
Co-presented by Full Circle and cultural partner SFU Woodward's
Jun 14 - 30

TSF Come Together Opening

OPENING NIGHT
Co-presented by Full Circle and cultural partner SFU Woodward's
Jun 14

White Girls in Moccasins

STAGE
Co-presented by The Frank Theatre Company
Jun 16 - 19

Reflections of My Tomorrow

STAGED READING
Co-presented by Full Circle and Western Gold Theatre
June 16

DTES Honouring The Children

POWWOW
Co-presented with DTES Powwow Committee
Jun 18

La Mitchin di Mitchif

DANCE
Co-presented with Compaigni V'ni Dansi
Jun 19 - 21

Indigenous Summer Stage

MUSIC
Co-presented by Full Circle and TD Vancouver Jazz Festival
Jun 24

TD Vancouver Jazz Festival

MUSIC
Co-presented with Coastal Jazz Blues Society
Jun 24 - July 3

Blending Teas

WORKSHOP
Co-presented by Compaigni V'ni Dansi
Jun 26

Let's Hear It! Live

MUSIC
Co-presented by Music BC
June 25

Festival History Archived Gallery

With over 20 years of events and productions, we curated a collection of our past promotional materials that can be accessed through our archived gallery so you can enjoy a historical view of the past few years.

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