A Nunavut Performing Arts Summit will be held February 11-15th in Iqaluit featuring consultations, workshops and public performances ranging from storytelling, acting, drumming, dancing and singing.
The Qaggiavuut Society is holding the Summit to bring together performers from across Nunavut and raise awareness about the value of the performing arts and the need for a regional performing arts and culture centre.
“It is very important to transfer performing arts skills to youth and children. We’ll be facilitating workshops during the Summit with a focus on some of the Inuit performing arts we feel are at risk. This includes the traditional Inuit drum, songs and dances as well as storytelling,” says Qaggiavuut chairperson Laakkuluk Williamson Bathory.
A final collaborative performance will be held on the evening of Valentine’s Day and will bring together traditional Inuit drum styles from several communities. “The Inuit drum is the heart beat of our culture and brings us the stories and songs from our ancient past, “ says Williamson Bathory.
Qaggiavuut welcomes the public to observe the consultations on the performing arts to be held Tuesday to Friday mornings from 9 a.m. at the Baffin Room in the Frobisher Inn. Thursday’s public performance will be held at 7 p.m. on Thursday February 14th at Inuksuk High School. Admission is by donation to Qaggiavuut. For more information, to volunteer or participate, please contact Qaggiavuut:
Ellen Hamilton, Qaggiavuut Summit Coordinator