A graphic illustration of Inuit goddess Sedna with her tail submerged in water as she embraces a person sitting above the water’s surface in neutral grey, beige, black and blue tones against a dark grey background. The illustration is by Charlotte Karetak for Alianait Arts Festival. (Image courtesy of Nordic Bridges)

Alianait Arts Festival returns to Iqaluit

The festival has spent the past 2 years adapting to various COVID-19 restrictions

By Meral Jamal

The Alianait Arts Festival is making its comeback in Iqaluit this long weekend.

Running from June 30 to July 3, the festival is bringing artists and the community together through workshops and performances at the Nakasuk School and nearby venues. 

Iqaluit-based hip-hop artist Shauna Seeteenak is one of the performers at the 2022 Alianait Arts Festival in Iqaluit. The festival is returning to in-person shows in venues across the city from June 30 to July 3. (Photo courtesy of Hitmakerz)

It also features performances by Inuit artists from across the territory as well as Greenland. This includes Iqaluit-based hip-hop artist Shauna Seeteenak, Kalaaleq Greenlandic Inuk performance artist Laakkuluk Williamson Bathory and Greenland’s National School of Theatre production Angakkussaq

This is the first time in two years the festival is taking place in person. COVID-19 restrictions dampened festivities starting in 2020. Alianait’s executive director, Alannah Johnston, said the team is excited for the city to experience the lineup and the spirit of collaboration.

“It’s been fun working together, trying to do this because it’s been years since we had the summer festival and the tent up and evening shows the Nakasuk school,” she said.

“Our amazing crew is on site and they’re building up all the stages for everyone to come to and we’re really excited about that.”

The festival is also focused on sharing and celebrating Indigenous artists this year, which Johnston said is important given the impact of COVID-19 on the arts community. 

“It’s completely a collaboration between all the artists involved and I think it’s very important having all the Greenlandic Inuit artists as well,” she said.

“They may be only getting this chance once a year — it’s a rare opportunity and we are trying to create that opportunity [for others].” 

A full lineup of events and a link to purchase tickets for the 2022 Alianait Arts Festival in Iqaluit can be found on its official website.

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