2011 Talking Stick Festival: Aboriginal Performance & Art

What is a Talking Stick? A Talking Stick is used in aboriginal gatherings; those who hold the stick, stone or eagle feather will speak from the heart with courage and respect to those who have gathered to listen without interrupting.

The 10th Annual Talking Stick Festival (Feb.1-13) is a thirteen-day, citywide celebration of contemporary and traditional aboriginal performances and art.

National and international aboriginal artists will be performing live music, dance, theatre, multi-media, storytelling and performance art. The festival is hosted by Full Circle First Nations, a performance arts company here in Vancouver who since 1992 has created opportunities for aboriginal artists to express First Nations experiences.

Opening week events will be held at the Roundhouse in Yaletown (Feb. 1 -6) followed by events at venues in the Commercial Drive area until Feb 13. Ticket prices range from $12-$25.

Here are some of the happenings:

Gala Opening Celebration

When: Feb 1, 7 p.m.

Where: Roundhouse (181 Roundhouse Mews)

Details: A taste of everything the festival will have to offer with food, music, comedy and spoken word. The Exhibition Hall at the Roundhouse will showcase photos from Nadya Kwandibens, based in Toronto she specializes in natural light portraiture and event photography.

From Talking Stick to Microphone:

When: Feb. 11, 7 p.m.

Where: Café Deux Soliels (2096 Commerical Dr.)

Details: Some of the best musicians and slam poets will be taking the stage, including Lucia Misch, Chris Gilpin and Jakubevolved.

Workshops and Artist Talks

There will also be professional development workshops and panels during the festival at several locations in the city, where you can meet the artists and learn about producing and performing artist endeavours. Cost is by donation. To register in advance contact boxoffice@fullcircle.ca.

Here’s look at videos from the festival and of some of the past performances!

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  1. First of all I appreciate your work and this shows the real deep love with aboriginal art.

    I think it’s a good opportunity or everyone to participate in Talking Stick.

    That’s a very good time to see the aboriginal artist’s performance.

    During their performance they will try to show the real life style of that people who are passed away thousands year ago.

    Thanks!!!!!!!