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UAF to host Festival of Native Arts

Fairbanks, Alaska— The University of Alaska Fairbanks will host the 39th annual Festival of Native Arts March 1-3 in the Charles Davis Concert Hall, William R. Wood Center and Schaible Auditorium.

Festivities will take place Thursday and Friday from 6:30 – 10 p.m. and Saturday from 5 – 10 p.m. The Denaa Film Celebration will run Saturday from 1– 5 p.m. in Schaible Auditorium. Daytime dance, storytelling, language and craft workshops will be offered Thursday and Friday from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. in the Wood Center.

Twenty-two Native performance groups and more than two dozen artisans are expected to participate this year. Audience members are encouraged to arrive early to dance events, as seating is limited. All events are free and open to the public. Evening activities will be available to view streaming online at http://fna.community.uaf.edu.

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.

Student and community volunteers, in cooperation with local, federal and state organizations, organize the Festival of Native Arts.

ON THE WEB: http://fna.community.uaf.edu

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