Experience The Creative Spirit Of Yukon’s Indigenous Peoples

In the wild expanse of Canada’s Yukon, you can still find gold. But the real gold is the rich and vibrant art and culture of Yukon First Nations who have lived here for millennia. Adäka, in the southern Tutchone language, means Coming into the Light.

The Adäka Cultural Festival is a finely curated mix of Indigenous visual arts, traditional dance, live music and cultural presentations, open to everyone who visits. For seven magical days each year, Adäka shines a light on the creative spirit of Indigenous peoples from Yukon, BC, Alaska and beyond. The festival, held at the beautiful Kwanlin Dun Cultural Centre, is committed to preserving and revitalizing arts and culture, while inspiring artists and youth to take pride in their heritage and communities.

With guest artists from across Canada’s Northern Territories and from other nations in Canada and around the world, Adäka offers a chance to learn, experience and celebrate the arts, all under the lure of the midnight sun — which is fitting, given the meaning behind the festival’s name. Visitors can watch artists at work, participate in a workshop, take in a show and shop in the impressive retail gallery.

At Adaka, you are more than just a visitor, you are a participant. The Festival provides an opportunity for artists and Indigenous community members to share their knowledge and creativity with the public.

Take a seat by the campfire, and listen to an Elder tell a story that you will never forget. Learn the exquisite art of raven’s tail weaving. Tap your toes in a jigging competition. Take part in a traditional tea ceremony, or learn about traditional medicines. Whatever you choose, you are sure to come away a little brighter, and always, inspired.

Come into the Light: Adäka Cultural Festival

Festival packages available. Visit www.adakafestival.ca.

(Adäka means ‘Coming into the Light’ in the Southern Tutchone language.)