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.
- 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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!