Festival Info

Artist Applications

Interested in applying to perform or demonstrate your skills as a visual artist at the Adäka Cultural Festival?

Visit our dedicated page to learn more about what we’re looking for and how to apply. We’re eager to hear from you!

Past Festival Programs

About the Festival

The Adäka Cultural Festival was launched in July 2011, with a mission to develop and deliver a world-class, iconic festival that showcases, celebrates, and fosters the development of Yukon’s diverse and distinctive First Nations arts and culture.

Adäka means “coming into the light” in the Southern Tutchone language. The Festival is committed to shining a light on the creative spirit of Yukon First Nations people, helping to preserve and revitalize our arts and culture, while inspiring artists and youth to take pride in their heritage and communities. With unique opportunities like Adäka our artists will undoubtedly continue to set new standards of quality and excellence in the arts and cultural sector!

From The Land

Each year, Adäka carries a theme or certain area of focus. This year, we are excited to explore the cultural riches From the Land through art, song and storytelling.

From the Land will focus on the creation and dissemination of traditional arts and crafts such as beading, babiche, fish scale art, bow and arrow, hunting tools, fur sewing, home tanned moose hide, caribou and sealskin garments, drums, wood carving, quillwork, birchbark basketry and biting – as well as a component on how the land defines design. Other programming will focus on traditional agility games, drum dancing, traditional medicines and the culinary arts.Through this process we hope to encourage and discover both ancient and new techniques, forms, songs and teachings.

Additionally, The United Nations declared 2019 The Year of Indigenous Languages in order to raise awareness of them, not only to benefit the people who speak these languages, but also for others to appreciate the important contribution they make to our world's rich cultural diversity. The 2019 Adäka Cultural Festival will explore and celebrate Yukon First Nation language in all aspects of the festival.

The design for the 2019 Festival, by Mary Binstead Designs, is inspired by elements from the land including cranberry bush, rose hips, caribous moss, spruce tips and porcupine quills.

The Festival Producer

Yukon First Nations Culture and Tourism Association

The festival is administered by the Yukon First Nations Culture and Tourism Association (YFNCT). YFNCT is a not-for-profit organization committed to growing, promoting and celebrating strong and sustainable Yukon First Nations arts, culture and tourism sectors.

The Festival Venue

We are proud to have the magnificent Kwanlin Dün Cultural Centre as the home for the Festival. This cedar-clad, traditionally inspired building features high ceilings, excellent acoustics, a stunning view of the Yukon River, towering clay cliffs, and surrounding mountains.

The Festival Team

The Festival office is located in the Yukon First Nations Culture and Tourism Association headquarters in the White Pass Building, at Front Street and Main Street in Whitehorse.