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Paprika Festival : Indigenous Arts Program Showcase

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Native Earth Performing Arts & Aki Studio

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Toronto, ON M5A 2B7

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Paprika Festival: Indigenous Arts Program Showcase

A full day art, community, and conversation showcasing the participants and their work developed in the Indigenous Arts Program and additional programming that sheds new light on decolonizing our understanding of love and community through environmentalism, language, and comedy.

Join us for the Indigenous Arts Program Showcase on Saturday May 25th, which features the work of the participants in the Indigenous Arts Program: Cole Forrest, Joelle Peters, and Theresa Cutknife & Jesse Wabegijig. Alongside the three Indigenous Arts Program shows, the day will include a panel discussion on Indigenous love and how it informs art-making (with Falen Johnson, Jeff D’Hondt, and other artists) and a cabaret-style soiree of music, dance, drag, poetry, and performance featuring Ashley Bombay, Rhinestone Chickadee, Sophie Dow, Brendan Chandler, Jay Northcott, Olivia Shortt, and Ravyn Wngz, curated by Ty Sloane.

The Indigenous Arts Program is facilitated by Michaela Washburn, with mentors Veronica Johnny, and Falen Johnson; and supported through new partnerships with IndigenED and TO Live.

About the projects:

Firestarter by Cole Forrest
Two Indigenous youth find friendship through their new found powers of fire. However, a raging forest fire threatens the life of their community, and they're the ones who've started it. Firestarter is meant to be a conversation around disappointing your community, unconditional love, and the ways Indigenous youth are challenged in today's world.

Kisâkihitin/Gizaagin by Theresa Cutknife and Jesse Wabegijig
This project is centered on the on the unending struggle to define love; as seen from a colonial perspective and an Indigenous perspective. The story follows one family’s journey through generations and time, as their understanding of love and life adapts to the colonial forces that loom over them.

Niish by Joelle Peters
Niish tells the story of two young Indigenous people that meet and begin a friendship that has the potential to bloom into something more. Will their complicated and troubled pasts allow them to move forward into uncharted territory?

Support the Indigenous Arts Program!
This is a FREE event, but if you would like to support our FREE training programs we welcome you to make a donation of $5, $10 or $20 on our CanadaHelps page: https://www.canadahelps.org/en/charities/paprika-festival/

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A part of the 18th Paprika Festival
May 20-26, 2019
www.paprikafestival.com

Paprika Festival is a youth-led professional performing arts organization. We run year round professional training and mentorship programs that culminate in a performing arts festival of new work by young artists. We generate opportunities for young artists to lead their own creative process with the support of their peers and professional mentors. We set the stage for young artists to have their voices heard in a setting that is supportive and also dependent on critical response. We ensure that young artists are well equipped to find employment in diverse cultural industries and to become our successors.

Pay-What-You-Can-Afford
To ensure audiences have as much access to this year’s programming as possible, Paprika is offering Pay-What-You-Can-Afford prices ($5, $10, or $20) online and at-the-door, in addition to Pay-What-You-Can at the door. New this year are Pay-It-Forward tickets, which allow patrons to buy a ticket for someone else to attend the Festival at no cost.

Access
Aki Studio is a physically accessible venue. We welcome entry/re-entry at any time during performances and are offering two Relaxed Performances. Assistive hearing devices are available at the theatre (please request when booking tickets) and a visual guide to the venue will be available on our website. Sage will be available at all performances for patrons and artists.

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