Planet IndigenUS: Celebration of Nations . . . We Are All From Somewhere

29 Jul

The Harbourfront is a pretty busy place during the summer, and this August another major event will be taking place: Planet IndigenUS!

For the past month, visitors to the Harbourfront will have seen a lot of these posters advertising for the third installment of Planet IndigenUS – the largest multidisciplinary, contemporary, international Indigenous arts festival in the world. The title of this years festival, “Celebration of Nations . . . we are all from somewhere . . .” was chosen in the hopes that everyone who attends the events would find their “Indigenous” place within themselves and relate to the idea that we are all “from somewhere”.

Taking place between August 11-19th, this festival is a 10-day celebration featuring countless contemporary cultural leaders in visual arts, crafts, film, dance, theatre, music, storytelling, and much more in order to share a vision for a future filled with power and renewal. The idea is to challenge perceptions about what it means to be Indigenous in the modern world, show the important roles contemporary Indigenous artists play in our society, and create a dialogue via the sights and sounds of the featured artists and performers.

To get things started, the opening evening will be hosted by hip hop artist and CBC radio producer/host Wab Kinew and actress Sarah Podemski with featured performances by Plex, Pacific Curls, George Leach and Hanggai.

And there is plenty more where that came from!
The MIA has partnered up with the festival and is offering complimentary guided tours throughout the 10-day celebration.
You can also view the full festival schedule by clicking here where all the free events are listed. And don’t forget that you can follow Planet IndigenUS on their Twitter, Facebook Page, or blog.

Should be some great times! Everyone where is certainly looking forward to checking it out – after work of course 😉

– posted by Brittany Holliss, MIA Visitor Services Officer

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