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2020 Adäka Cultural Festival postponed due to COVID-19

Dear Friends,

As our whole community focuses on staying safe during this unprecedented global health crisis, the YFNCT board and staff have been watching and waiting to see how the situation would unfold for the coming summer. 2020 marks ten years since we began the journey to establish Adäka as a première northern Indigenous cultural festival. We intended this to be our biggest and most exciting festival to date, in recognition of all the spectacular artists who have grown with us year by year – part of our YFN 2010 Vancouver Olympics legacy. However, the safety and wellness of our community must come first at this time and we are sad to announce the postponement of our 10th anniversary Adäka Cultural Festival. We thank all the applicants and sponsors who committed time, energy and financial support to planning the 2020 Adäka Cultural Festival. Celebrating 10 years is a major accomplishment and we deeply appreciate everyone’s interest in sharing talents, ideas and skills with us.

We understand this decision will have a big impact on visual artists and performers. We are working on a number of projects to assist you during these difficult times. We will be offering new digital services including training, workshops, information sharing and celebration events as ongoing opportunities for us all to stay connected and to continue celebrating our vibrant northern arts. Currently we are designing professional development programs. Soon we will launch our Yukon First Nations Arts Brand. Please follow us on Facebook if you would like to receive updates. We welcome your ideas too for enhancing our services on-line, all of which will make us stronger in the months and years to come.

Board and staff members are fully committed to assisting artists and performers through this time of uncertainty. If you are an Indigenous Yukon artist or performer interested in applying for funding and require support please call us! We are here to help you succeed and we’d love to hear how you are doing. Although we may be far apart at the moment, we are united in our hearts.

Wishing you warmth and wellness,

The YFNCT Team

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

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.