Nunavut government kicks off Inuktut songwriting contest

The theme of this year’s Qilaut contest is family and friends

Joey Nowyuk, far right, won last year’s Qilaut songwriting contest. He’s seen here in November 2018, with Nunavut Culture and Heritage Minister David Joanasie and second-place finalist Amanda Ishulutaq. (Photo by Sarah Rogers)

By Nunatsiaq News

The Government of Nunavut’s Department of Culture and Heritage is once again seeking original Inuktut song submissions for its annual Qilaut contest.

This year’s theme is “family and friends,” or “ilannaariit piqannariillu.”

Participants may wind up winning cash prizes: $5,000 for first prize, $2,500 for second prize and $1,500 for third prize.

And winning submissions will be professionally recorded and included on a compilation album that will be released in February 2020, as part of Nunavut’s
annual celebration of  Inuit culture, Uqausirmut Quviasuutiqarniq.

To see the contest rules, visit this site..

The deadline to submit songs is Oct. 11.

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  1. Posted by Nunavut Needs Metal on

    Nunavut needs a good metal band. We’ve had our fill of east coast inspired, saccharine folk pop. *barf*

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