Arts Festival Teaches And Promotes Local Artisans

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August 1, 2019

With wearable art taking centre stage, this year’s 31st Great Northern Arts Festival (GNAF) couldn’t have chosen a much better theme than Clothed in Culture.

Over 100 artists and performers gathered in Inuvik July 12-21 for the beloved festival, and hundreds more arts enthusiasts from the North and beyond joined the celebration.

The annual event offers artists both emerging and established an opportunity to showcase their work and reach new audiences.

With a full slate of workshops and seminars, the gathering also gives new artists the chance to build their skills, established artists the chance to take another step forward, and for all in attendance to get inspired while learning from each other.

A longtime festival partner, the GNWT helped fund this year’s festival as an investment in supporting opportunities for artists to get their works to market and increasing their sales. Representatives from the NWT Arts program were also on-hand to promote the sector.

The GNWT’s presence was also expanded this year as the Departments of Industry, Tourism and Investment and Education, Culture and Employment took the gathering as a chance to get input on action planning for the territory’s arts strategy as their public engagement campaign continued.

Read more: Help us put our Arts Strategy into Action!  

Anyone in the NWT interested in shaping the future of arts support in the NWT can participate through an online forum, by email, by phone, by mail or at in-person events across the territory.

View the online forum for full details.