Qaggiavuut

The North
Iqaluit, Nunavut

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Qaggiavuut is a beacon of arts and culture for the entire circumpolar world and provides both healing and inspiration to the people of the North.

WHY?

  • Nunavut is the only territory or province in Canada without a performing arts centre and Iqaluit is the only capital city in North America without a space to present the performing arts.
  • Nunavut is rich in the Inuit performing arts—from throat singing to original rap, storytelling to circus, button accordion to drum dancing.
  • Many of the Inuit performing arts were banished by missionaries during the past century and are only now being retrieved before they are lost forever.
  • The arts honour and nurture the human spirit; they illuminate the meaning of our lives and help us to tell our stories.
  • The performing arts reflect a basic human need to find expression for thought and emotion with imagination and creativity.

WHAT A NUNAVUT PERFORMING ARTS CENTRE WILL DO:

  • Professionally present the performing arts
  • Promote the preservation of Inuit culture and language through the arts
  • Promote Inuit arts and culture throughout Canada and the world
  • Provide professional development and training to emerging and established Nunavut performing artists
  • Provide arts education to Nunavut children and youth
  • Support the development of original and traditional Inuit performing arts works
  • Provide for the training in the technical fields of the performing arts (lighting, sound, recording, filming, stagecraft, wardrobe and makeup design etc.)
  • Maintain an inventory of current Nunavut performing artists
  • Establish an archive of Nunavut performing arts

WHO MAKES QAGGIAVUUT WHAT IT IS?
Membership: YOU make up the Qaggiavuut Society. Anyone can join our Society, and the only requirement is that you support the Qaggiavuut goal to build a Nunavut Performing Arts Centre.

Executive Director: Ellen Hamilton ellen@qaggiavuut.com

Phone: 867-222-5270

Congratulations to these leaders in the Nunavut performing arts! Qaggiavuut!

Advisory Council: performing artists representing communities throughout Nunavut

Contact us to join the Society or to volunteer! 

Website: www.qaggiavuut.ca

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