Gwaandak Theatre acknowledges with deep gratitude that we are sharing from the traditional territory of the Kwanlin Dün First Nation and Ta’an Kwäch'än Council, and that we live, create and benefit within this territory. Shä̀w níthän. Kwä̀nä̀schis. Gunalchîsh.
Gwaandak Theatre would also like to acknowledge that artists and audiences hail from many places, we ask that while you are on your browsing device that you search out the original people of the land you are currently living on. Now more than ever it is important to take time to consider your relationship to the land, the people, and especially to how we all got here.
Awaken Festival (Online) is an experimental response to (responsible) government mandated restrictions on physical gatherings due to the Covid-19 Global Pandemic. Throughout February and March as limitations became restrictions, suggestions became mandates, and precautions became cancelations, Gwaandak Theatre resolved to continue Awaken Festival (although Online) for 3 main reasons;
To fulfill our commitments to contractors, staff, artists, and in particular our of Illuminating Indigenous and Northern voices through;
Ensuring digitized art includes and celebrates Indigenous, Femme, and Marginalised artists sharing stories that;
Provide relief, entertainment, and activity to communities in Isolation
This online festival offers a number of ways of participating, wether it is through gathering digitally to witness a live performance as part of the Creators Lab or Queer Cabaret, participation in our workshops and masterclasses, or through sharing your own experience on our Storytelling Cafe page.
Awaken Festival (Online) is an experiment - Gwaandak is new to this, as are the artists and audiences - as such we are providing all programming by donation. If you are able, we ask that you donate what this experience may have been worth for you - any amount will be greatly appreciated and go towards supporting Awaken Festival, Artists, and Gwaandak Theatre.
Thank you from the entire Gwaandak Theatre team, we look forward to gathering digitally with you to witness the gift these brave artists have to offer.
About Gwaandak Theatre
Gwaandak Theatre, the Yukon’s only Indigenous-centered theatre company, was founded in Whitehorse in 1999 by theatre artists Leonard Linklater and Patti Flather.
Gwaandak Theatre’s vision is to illuminate Indigenous and Northern stories around the world.