UAF to host 2014 Festival of Native Arts
The University of Alaska Fairbanks will host the 41st annual Festival of Native Arts Feb. 27 through March 1.
The weekend's festivities will begin Wednesday at 7 p.m. in the Wood Center multilevel lounge with an indigenous open mic night. Evening performances Thursday and Friday will begin at 6 p.m. at the Davis Concert Hall. Performances on Saturday begin at 5 p.m. Daytime dance, storytelling, language and craft workshops will be offered Thursday and Friday from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. in the Wood Center and Gruening Building.
Dozens of Native performance groups and artisans are expected to participate this year. Audience members are encouraged to arrive early to evening performances, 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.