The Georgia Straight proudly sponsors the Talking Stick Festival

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      From February 14 to 24, Full Circle presents the 17th annual Talking Stick Festival at various Vancouver venues.

      Known as a place of gathering for over 18,000 Indigenous and nonIndigenous attendees alike, the festival features 11 days of traditional and contemporary visual arts, film, theatre, dance, and music.

      Also occuring are the Indigenous industry series, the community Métis kitchen party, a celebration of powwow culture, an aboriginal artisan fair, and a number of workshops, master classes, and talking circles.

      Eagerly anticipated events include performances by Quebec percussive-dance company [ZØGMA] and Yukon theatrical ensemble Gwaandak Theatre, three nights of short and feature films showcasing the creative work of Indigenous artists, a mentorship program that pairs Indigenous youth with established filmmakers, and kid-friendly theatre offerings by Axis Theatre Company and Raven Spirit Dance.

      SOKALO by [ZØGMA]

      Full Circle was established by Margo Kane in 1992 to provide a platform for Indigenous artists to create, work, and train in the arts. Its mandate is to bring arts back into the community, where it was traditionally and where it is intended to be.

      Tickets for the Talking Stick Festival range from $10 to $45, in addition to several pay-what-you-can events. For tickets and additional information, check out the Talking Stick Festival's website.