Festival Info

2022 Program

2022 Artist Applications

The deadline to apply is January 15, 2022.

2022 Food Vendor Application

The deadline to apply is May 6, 2022.

past festival programs

2022 Program Cover

Download the 2022 Program

The complete 2022 Program is available for download, and includes a detailed schedule, site map, and tons of useful information! All events are free unless otherwise noted.

View or download the program as a PDF.

2022 Adäka Cultural Festival  

The Adäka Cultural Festival is delighted to return from June 29 to July 5, 2022 for its 10th anniversary with the theme, ‘Northern Connections’.

For the 2022 Festival, Adäka comes into the light again to include artists from across Canada’s North and guest artists from other Circumpolar countries including Alaska/USA, Greenland, Norway, Sweden and Finland. Over 200 visual and performing artists will gather to showcase their arts, music, and cultures and take part in a rich program full of collaborative opportunities for learning, sharing, presenting, and cultural exchange.

The 2022 Festival will include two stages, one in the KDCC Long house and the other in a tent situated along the Yukon River called Taga Shäw Riverside Stage. We will present 7 days | 60+ hours of performances and presentations on our two stages. 

“We are beyond excited to welcome circumpolar guests as we gather, after a challenging two years, to honour our artists and cultures,” says Katie Johnson, Adäka Cultural Festival Co-Producer. “Together we will deepen our northern relationships, celebrate our resiliency and spirit, and warm the hearts of our peoples.”

The Adäka Cultural Festival is a celebration of Indigenous arts and culture that brings us together, shining light on a stunning range of traditional and contemporary visual and performing artists.


Wednesday, June 29 - Opening Ceremony – “Hearts of our People”
Adäka returns! Join us for the opening of Adäka 2022, with throat singing, dance, and more, as we welcome Indigenous artists from across the Circumpolar North in partnership with the Artic Art Summit. this evening features guest artists from the Circumpolar North.

Thursday, June 30 - “Circumpolar Soundscape” Celebration with the New North Collective
Not to be missed, Circumpolar Soundscape is an exquisite collaboration with internationally recognized Indigenous women singer/songwriters from across the North, featuring Greenland’s Nive Nielsen, the Yukon’s Diyet, Sylvia Cloutier – whose roots are in Nunavik, and Leela Gilday from the Northwest Territories. This latest incarnation features original new music on the theme of North from these highly creative artists, backed by stellar northern musicians.

Tickets are required to attend. $25 / Elders (65+) $15. Buy tickets here

Friday, July 1 - Canada Day- Adäka Style – Community Dance
Get your moccasins ready for some jigging! Our exciting program will feature Gwich’in, Dene and Métis fiddlers plus the quick-footed Teechik Dancers from Old Crow! This upbeat community dance, featuring old style and contemporary fiddlers, is guaranteed to put a smile on your face and a spring in your step.

Saturday, July 2 - The Spirit of the Drums
Experience the power and heartbeat of diverse drum dancing traditions of First Nations and Inuit peoples from across the North, with over 60 traditional Northern drummers and dancers around the KDCC Fire Pit for an afternoon of drumming, dancing and song. Join us for this spectacular once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to feel the excitement and passion of Spirit of the Drums!

Saturday, July 2 - Pamyua
Pamyua showcases Inuit culture through music and dance performance. The show is a platform to share Indigenous knowledge and history. Their style derives from traditional melodies reinterpreted with contemporary vocalization and instrumentation. Often described as “Inuit Soul Music,” Pamyua has discovered their own genre featuring I Sing, You Dance, Byron Nicholai a Yup'ik musician from, Toksook Bay, Alaska.

Tickets are required to attend. $25 / Elders (65+) $15. Buy tickets here

Sunday, July 3 - A New Way Forward, New Generations
Where innovation meets tradition – a high-energy showcase of the next generation of performers in hip hop, electric and new media, hosted by Princess Melia. Be ready to dance, move and be inspired!

Monday, July 4 - We Are the Stories We Tell
World-renowned storyteller Louise Profeit–Leblanc hosts an evening featuring Yukon storytellers. Come into the story circle to laugh, cry, and be mesmerized by stories from Elders and younger storytellers from across the territory.

Tuesday, July 5 - Grand Finale – Dà Ze Tsàn (From Our Hearts) Fashion Show
Ooh-la-la, what better way to cap off Adäka than our styling feature fashion show? Cutting-edge Indigenous designers unveil their latest creations in this dazzling festival finale.

Tickets are required to attend. $33. Buy tickets here


Visual Art Gallery & Exhibitions –Take in high-quality Indigenous visual arts and crafts created by over 100 Indigenous visual artists from across Canada and displayed in the professional 2,300 square foot gallery.  Learn more in artist-led gallery tours, and watch for the special exhibition, in partnership with the Kwanlin Dün Cultural Centre featuring master artists from across Yukon and beyond. 

Artist Studio Village – Connect with the cultural community as you observe and interact with visual artists transforming raw materials into beautiful works of art in the massive artist studio tent.  Mingle in this informal shared creation space, and learning first-hand about artists’ materials, techniques, and inspiration in both traditional and contemporary styles.

Cultural Presentations – Immerse yourself and gain deeper understanding in these presentations from circumpolar Indigenous artists, knowledge keepers, scholars. The range of topics includes reconciliation, traditional knowledge, climate change, language revitalization, cultural revitalization, land protection, and more.

Public Workshop Program – Sign up for some of the 60+ arts workshops tailored to beginner, intermediate, and advanced levels. Some are open to the public, including free activities for youth and children. Other workshops center Indigenous artists as participants, as they network and learn advanced skills from each other.

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!

The Festival Producer

Yukon First Nations Culture and Tourism AssociationThe 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

Special thanks to YFNCT team members Caili Steel, Harmony Hunter and Mark Soucette for year-round support of the Festival.

Special thanks to our Presenting Partner Kwanlin Dün Cultural Centre for venue and program support.

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.