The 16th Annual Talking Stick Festival produced by the FULL CIRCLE presents 2SPIRIT REBELLION an inspirational evening of drag. Harsh words too often erode the confidence of two-spirit people but for some, drag is used to denote their strength.
2SPIRIT REBELLION is being held on February 17, 2017 featuring The Brush Arbor Gurlz (BAGz), Quanah Styles, DJ O Show with host: Suzette Amaya. This drag show will demonstrate the resilience of two-spirit people through their transformation process with makeup, lashes and wigs while discussing Native issues, Two-Spirit identity, performance pieces, inspirations and empowerment by their alter egos. The BAGz see drag as a way to transcend gender and express themselves politically through their performance art. This event being held at The Odyssey Bar & Nightclub, in Vancouver, BC doors open at 9pm, show starts at 10pm and ticket are $15.
FULL CIRCLE: First Nations Performance presents the Annual Talking Stick Festival, this vibrant citywide festival provides a stage for extraordinary Aboriginal artists; established and emerging, national and international, performing live theatre, music, dance and storytelling.
FULL CIRCLE: First Nations Performance is a non-profit charitable organization established in 1992. For over twenty years, Full Circle has initiated, developed, and produced performance works and educational programming which has been seen locally, nationally and internationally. Due to its breadth of work, Full Circle is considered to be the most important presenter and disseminator of contemporary Aboriginal performance in Vancouver.
These accomplishments were made possible through the efforts of Full Circle’s founder and Artistic Managing Director, Margo Kane (Cree/Saulteaux). Upon establishing Full Circle, her vision was and continues to be to make a profound contribution to the development of Aboriginal performance in Canada.
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Talking Stick Festival History:
The Talking Stick Festival was initially conceived in 2001 as a one evening of cabaret performance. Since that time it has grown and evolved into what it is today – a two week celebration serving to preserve and promote the language, culture and art forms of the First Nations people by developing and presenting Aboriginal traditions of music, dance and storytelling in a contemporary and entertaining way. The stories and art practices in the First Nations culture have enormous depth and are rich in teachings and the festival is an avenue to bring Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people together, to network, share ideas and pass on knowledge.
Since its inception, the festival has become a place to honor Aboriginal performance, the artistic wealth of the people, and the promise of their future in Canada and has evolved into a fully diversified Aboriginal arts programming offering a number of programs to help develop and educate artists, to inspire young Aboriginal students and to offer accessible and affordable cultural experiences to the marginalized and economically disadvantaged population as well as the mainstream general public