40th annual Festival of Native Arts in Fairbanks
UAF will host the 40th annual Festival of Native Arts Thursday, Feb. 21 through Saturday, Feb. 23 in the Davis Concert Hall, Wood Center, Salisbury Theatre and Great Hall on the UAF campus.
Festivities will take place:
- Thursday, Feb. 21 from 6:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. Daytime dance, storytelling, language and craft workshops will be offered from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Wood Center.
- Friday, Feb. 22 from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Daytime dance, storytelling, language and craft workshops will be offered from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Wood Center.
- Saturday, Feb. 23 from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. The Dena Film Celebration will run Saturday from 1- 5 p.m. in the Salisbury Theatre.
Twenty Native performance groups and more than two-dozen artisans are expected to participate. Audience members are encouraged to arrive early to dance events, as seating is limited.
Native students and Student Orientation Services at UAF established the Fairbanks Festival of Native Arts in 1973. Originally, the festival focused each night on a specific Alaska Native culture. Today, it has grown in its depth and focus, and now features Native dance groups from throughout the state and nation. Native artisans also specialize in arts and crafts from multiple indigenous cultures. Their work will be displayed at the craft bazaar in the Great Hall, which is outside the Davis Concert Hall.