Caption: The Adäka Cultural Festival is one of five festivals receiving support through the Arts Fund. Shown here are Minister of Tourism and Culture Elaine Taylor (centre) with Charlene Alexander (l), executive producer of the Adäka Festival and Shirlee Frost (r), board president of the Yukon First Nations Culture and Tourism Association, the group that coordinates the festival.
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WHITEHORSE—Five Yukon groups are receiving support from the latest intake of the Arts Fund to support festivals in the territory.
“Community festivals engage a wide public audience across Yukon,” Minister of Tourism and Culture Elaine Taylor said. “The Yukon government is proud to continue its support through the Arts Fund for all of our unique artistic and cultural festivals.”
The five groups coordinating festivals are among a total of 13 Arts Fund recipients. They will use their funding as follows:
- Yukon First Nations Culture and Tourism Association – $40,000 – Adäka Cultural Festival.
- Snow Sculpture Yukon Society – $30,000 – Whitehorse International Snow Sculpture Challenge.
- Yukon Bluegrass Music Society – $28,000 – Kluane Mountain Bluegrass Festival.
- Yukon Queer Film Alliance – $8,000 – OUT North Queer Film Festival.
- Rotary Club of Whitehorse – $7,000 – Rotary Music Festival, dance component.
“We are very pleased to be bringing the Kluane Mountain Bluegrass Festival back to Haines Junction with the generous support of the Arts Fund and the community of Kluane,” president of the Yukon Bluegrass Music Society Robbyn Chiles said. “Bands from around the world are calling us 'that little festival up north that everyone's talking about.’”
The Arts Fund is available to art collectives, organizations, industry associations and other eligible groups for projects related to the literary, visual or performing arts. There are four application intake deadlines per year: March 15, June 15, September 15 and December 15.
A complete list of recipients is available on the Arts Fund homepage.
Communications, Tourism and Culture