As a registered non-profit Society, Full Circles Talking Stick Festival, now in its 18th year, began as a way to showcase and celebrate Indigenous art and performance to a wider audience. From its humble beginnings, this unique and exciting event has grown into a full 2-week Festival held annually in February at locations across Vancouver. Now attracting over 20,000 attendees each year and still growing, we are noted as being the premier, multi-disciplinary Indigenous arts festival in North America. With a desire to appeal to Indigenous and non-Indigenous attendees alike, our programming focuses on the diversity of visual arts, dance, theatre, music, powwow and film in both traditional and contemporary formats. This year’s #TSF2019 theme is hən̓əm̓stəmxw tə syəθ” (pronounced huh-num-stoh teh see-yahl), which translates to “Using Tradition”.
About Full Circle
WHO WE ARE
Full Circle: First Nations Performance is a non-profit society and registered charity that creates opportunities for Indigenous artists. Margo Kane (Cree/Saulteaux), an interdisciplinary artist and Indigenous arts leader, founded Full Circle in 1992. Upon establishing Full Circle, Margo’s vision was to make a profound contribution to the development of Indigenous performance in Canada.
WHY WE DO IT
Traditionally, in the Indigenous world, art is not separated from the community. It is integral to a happy and healthy way of life. Full Circle believes in rooting art back into the community, where it was traditionally and where it is intended to be. Through creating opportunities for Indigenous artists to express their life experiences and engage with audiences of all ages and backgrounds, we share these values with as wide scope as possible so that people of all races and ages have a better understanding of First Nations, Metis and Inuit culture.
VISION AND MISSION
In accordance with Margo’s vision, Full Circle’s objectives are:
MISSION 1 : To create a range of performance opportunities for Indigenous artists to express their life experiences.
MISSION 2 : To engage audiences of all ages and backgrounds in performances by Indigenous artists.
MISSION 3 : To educate the Canadian public on the arts, culture and histories of Indigenous peoples.
MISSION 4 : To train artists in all aspects of the arts based on and respectful of Indigenous traditions, culture, and history.