2021 Festival of Native Arts begins virtual programming

Published: Mar. 26, 2021 at 4:08 PM AKDT
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FAIRBANKS, Alaska (KTVF) - The Festival of Native Arts has begun its 2021 season.

Last year, the festival was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

This year, the two-day event includes virtual workshops and activities, as well as a virtual artists market and pre-recorded dance routines.

Tia Tidwell, Faculty Advisor for the festival, explained that the students involved with the festival’s preparation chose the theme “Honor Our Elders.”

Tidwell hopes the event’s format will prove accessible to those interested in attending.

“The students worked so hard to create this inclusive space where Alaska Native values and culture can be celebrated, and I think this year there’s been... many of us have been not as connected as we normally are able to be, and there’s been kind of a lack of those cultural experiences and opportunities that a lot of us look forward to,” Tidwell said.

The festival will livestream events on their Facebook page on Friday, March 26th and Saturday, March 27th at 6 p.m., in addition to holding more workshops both days.

Those who wish to participate in the event’s workshops can follow Zoom links on the festival’s webpage.

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