The 19th annual Talking Stick Festival is coming to Vancouver this month

Feb 6 2020, 3:36 pm

The 19th annual Talking Stick Festival (TSF) returns to Vancouver this February.

The festival, which is proudly presented on the traditional unceded territories of the Coast Salish People, celebrates Indigenous performance and art through theatre, storytelling, writing, music, spoken word, dance, film, and visual arts.

UNYA dancer TSF

The theme of this year’s festival is Chén̓chenstway, a Squamish word that translates to “upholding each other” and “lifting each other up.”

Highlighted events include theatrical performances of Tlakentli Dance-Theatre and Isitwendam (An Understanding), Matriarchs Uprising dance, music from Digging Roots, Logan Staats, Quique Escamilla and Ferron, family programming, the Celebration of Powwow Culture, Métis Fair, the Industry Series and Knowledge Sharing workshops, among others.

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Via TSF

An opening gala, which includes a buffet dinner and a sample showcase of performances, will take place on February 20, 2020. There are also multiple standalone theatre, music, and dance events.

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Via TSF

Ticket prices for festival shows and events will vary. Many of them are free or by donation. Prices for any individual performances and events will be listed online via the description or ticket page.

The 19th annual Talking Stick Festival will take place from February 18 to 29, 2020.

Talking Stick Festival 2020

When: February 18 to 29, 2020
Time: Start times vary based on event
Where: Various locations including the Yaletown Roundhouse Community Centre and other venues
Tickets: Prices range from being free, by donation, and set based on event

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