Application Information for New Artists

Our roots run deep throughout this land, and well beyond its borders. These connections have long shaped our art, identity and language. This year, the 9th Adäka Cultural Festival will explore the cultural riches of this land through art, song, and storytelling.

How to Apply

Artist applications for the 2019 Festival are now open!


Festival Information

The Adäka Cultural Festival brings Yukon First Nations artists together with Indigenous artists from across Canada and around the world to share and celebrate their creativity and culture with a local, national and international audience. From June 28th – July 4nd, 2019 over 150 performing and visual artists will gather at the Kwanlin Dün Cultural Centre in downtown Whitehorse to participate in a vibrant program of events including traditional & contemporary music and dance, art exhibitions, artist demonstrations, cultural presentations, workshops and seminars, storytelling, a community feast and more!

The Festival Gallery

The Festival Gallery will showcase the artwork of the artists who have been selected to participate in the festival. The exhibit will also include major art pieces from the Yukon Government Permanent Collection. The gallery will be managed by a professional gallery staff that will take full responsibility for your artwork for the duration of the event so that you can work on your art and craft in the common Artist Studio area or take part in workshops and seminars. While the festival will take a 25% commission on all art sales, Elders will not be subject to any commission. Pricing experts will be available to assist you with pricing your work.

Artist Demonstrations

Artist will work in the common studio areas, demonstrating their art or craft. This is an excellent opportunity to learn from each other and to share ideas and techniques. The demonstration areas will be located in large tents that will open at 10am each morning. The tables are first come first serve on the first day of the festival. There will also be smaller tents located next to the river for special projects that have special requirements. Artists are required to bring all the supplies and tools required to work on their artwork at the festival.

Who Should Apply

Application is open to traditional and contemporary emerging and master Indigenous artists in the following categories:

Artist Selection

A jury will evaluate all applications and use the following criteria to guide their selection:


Every year, Adäka offers full and partial sponsorship to selected artists. Full sponsorship includes travel, accommodation, and food subsidies and partial sponsorship includes either travel or accommodation.

Priority will be given to established artists willing to share their knowledge and skills with other artists and the public. We are able to offer assistance in applying for grants or funding from the artist’s jurisdiction in order to spread our sponsorship funding to more artists.

What Is Expected of All Artists

Sponsored Artists

Visual Artists

All Artists

How Long Will It Take to Hear Back?

Selected artists will be contacted within 2 weeks following the application deadline.

What If I Am Selected?

Artists selected to participate in the festival will receive a Participant Package that will include detailed program information and what’s expected of you. Sponsored artists will receive information on what the festival is able to provide in terms of travel, accommodation, and meal subsidies.


Please do not hesitate to contact our Arts & Programs Coordinator, Mairi Fraser, if you have any questions. She can be reached at: