Alianait Arts Festival on the hunt for performers for this year’s event

The 20th annual Alianait Arts Festival to take place from June 29 to July 2

Laakkuluk Williamson Bathory performs on the final night of Iqaluit’s Alianait Arts Festival in the Nakasuk Elementary School gym in July 2022. (Photo by Emma Tranter)

By Nunatsiaq News

The annual Alianait Arts Festival is inviting artists and performers to apply to take part in this year’s event, scheduled to take place from June 29 to July 2.

The annual festival takes place in Iqaluit each year.

Performers who were part of last year’s event included Iqaluit-based hip-hop artist Shauna Seeteenak, performance artist Laakkuluk Williamson Bathory and Greenland’s National School of Theatre production of Angakkussaq

Those interested in performing at the 2023 festival must submit their application by Feb. 15, according to an announcement made by Alianait Tuesday. 

For the 20th year of Alianait, organizers are looking for a “diverse selection of music from both national and international applicants, with an emphasis on northern and Indigenous applicants,” states the announcement.

Northern applicants includes those with northern residency and artists who live in the three Canadian territories, Nunavik, Nunatsiavut and internationally in Greenland, Alaska, Scandinavia, Sápmi and Russia. 

According to the announcement, northern content is considered to be “where an artist’s musical performance style that is culturally or linguistically linked to Inuit or Indigenous tradition or culture.” 

Alianait artists are selected through a selection committee who will meet after the application window has closed, the announcement notes. Accepted artists will be contacted in early February.

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