Event Date: Jun 18, 2020 - Jun 21, 2020
Location: National Art Centre and Vincent Massey Park
The physical Summer Solstice Indigenous Festival is cancelled. Festival programming will be available from June 1st to 30th virtually in honour of National Indigenous History Month. The Summer Solstice Indigenous Awards are being postponed until 2021 to fully support the artists.
Summer Solstice Indigenous Festival is a multi-disciplinary arts festival that takes place in Ottawa and attracts over 40,000 visitors annually to celebrate National Indigenous Peoples Day in Canada’s Capital. Festival programming includes non-stop live entertainment (music, theatre, dance) interactive arts and crafts; culinary events; an international competition pow wow; cultural workshops, a makers marketplace; community celebrations and unlimited FREE family fun with bouncy inflatables, bungee trampolines, Indigenous games, community exhibitors and more.
New in 2020 the Festival presents the Summer Solstice Indigenous Music Awards (SSIMA) to proudly celebrate artists from across Canada by showcasing the diverse and growing music and culture of Indigenous artistic expression and accomplishment within the Indigenous community. Category winners will be announced and honoured at a special ceremony and show at the National Arts Centre in Ottawa on Thursday, June 18th.
Summer Solstice Festivals are produced by Indigenous Experiences on behalf of the National Indigenous Peoples Day (NIPD) Committee comprising the following six (6) organizations representing Indigenous communities across Canada: Assembly of First Nations(AFN), Council of Aboriginal Peoples (CAP), National Association of Friendship Centres (NAFC), Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami (ITK), Native Women’s Association of Canada (NWAC) and Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada (INAC).
- Indigenous Music Awards Show & Culinary Reception (June 18)
- International Competition Pow Wow
- Culinary Arts Pavilion & Indigenous Food Vendors
- Indigenous Marketplace
- Visual Arts & Culture Pavilions
- Interactive Arts & crafts workshops and demonstrations
- Stage Performances ( Music, Theatre, Dance)
- Family Fun Zone (Inflatables, indigenous games, community exhibitors, face painting)
- Elders Teachings
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