“Explore Aboriginal Culture through the Arts”
From February 18th to March 2nd Vancouver will hosting the Talking Stick Festival, one of Canada’s most celebrated First Nations Performance Arts events.
Organized by the Full Circle Nations Performance Society, this unique festival embraces the First Nations traditions, culture and history, providing Aboriginal artists, writers, and performers the opportunity to express their reality of First Nations Arts, and share their experiences with the general public.
Over the last decade, it has become an avenue to bring Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people together to network, share ideas, and pass on knowledge. This two week celebration helps preserving and promoting the First Nations language, culture, and history for future generations.
The strong symbolic significance of the festival’s name reflects the powerful significance of this event. “Talking Stick” is an instrument of aboriginal democracy originating from West Coast First Nations Groups. The stick, used as a symbol of authority is passed along through a group where only the member holding the stick is allowed to speak. The sticks are elaborately carved and decorated to symbolize all important teachings and tribal linage.
A wide variety of performances will take place in different venues across Vancouver. This is an opportunity not to be missed to share and explore the richness and depth of Aboriginal Arts.
Click here for the program and schedule of the different performances.
If you are coming from out of town, stay with us at the BEST WESTERN PLUS Chateau Granville Hotel & Suites & Conference Centre. We are located near many of the venues where the performances will take place, including a couple of blocks away from the Roundhouse Community Centre.