Dream Big 2019: Baawating Arts Festival

September 27-29, 2019, the Northern Indigenous Artist Alliance (NIAA) hosts the Baawating Arts Festival in Baawating (Sault Ste. Marie), part of Dream Big 2019. Over three days, venues across the city will host performances, film screenings, and art exhibitions featuring Northern Ontario’s top Indigenous talent, including Batchewana’s Two Spirit darling Teddy Syrette, comedian Jonas Shawanda, and film-maker and poet Ardelle Sagutcheway, with more names to be announced soon.

Day two of the festival will include an Indigenous Arts Market showcasing arts, crafts, and food vendors. Vendor applications are available online here.

The Baawating Arts Festival is open to the public and all events are offered on a no cost/pay-what-you-can basis, thanks to the support of the Ontario Arts Council Multi and Inter-Arts Projects program.

Support Travel for Indigenous Artists, Curators & Cultural Producers

The Northern Indigenous Artist Alliance (NIAA) has received funding from the Ontario Arts Council to host Dream Big 2019: The Northern Conference & Festival for Indigenous Arts. NIAA is currently raising funds to help offset the high travel costs in the North so more Indigenous artists can attend the gathering. Featuring presentations, panel discussions, art creation, and performances, Dream Big attendees will be able to network, develop hands-on skills for promoting their work, widen their audiences, and add their voice to an ongoing dialogue about contemporary Indigenous arts in Northern Ontario. Your donation will help cover travel and accommodations so artists from all across Northern Ontario can take part.