The Manito Ahbee Festival is happening downtown this weekend! It’s a massive, multi-day celebration of Aboriginal culture – music, arts, and heritage. Culture isn’t just about history – this festival shows past, present, and future, from traditional crafts to awards for the latest music by Aboriginal artists! Here are just a few of the big events happening – full listing at http://www.manitoahbee.com
Indigenous Marketplace & Trade Show
This is the perfect place to start your early Christmas shopping and find something unique! More than 80 vendors are setting up on the MTS Centre Concourse with crafts, artwork, clothing, jewellery, and lots more for sale. Lots of the artisans will actually be there, so it’s your chance to meet them and learn the story behind what you’re buying. Friday through Sunday.
Aboriginal People’s Choice Music Awards. This honours the best in Aboriginal music from across the continent as voted on by fans from all over the world –including you! Country, Blues, Rock, Songwriter Check out outside the MTS Centre. Your best chance to get close (unless you’re nominated!) is to go check out the red carpet outside the MTS Centre Friday night.
International Competition Pow Wow
Saturday and Sunday, more than 800 traditional Aboriginal dancers and 30 drum groups will be competing in traditional and contemporary dance styles, singing and drumming at the MTS Centre – it’s one of the biggest Pow Wows in North America! I’ve always loved watching hoop dancers and the way they can shift their hoops from one pattern to another so effortlessly, so I’m really hoping I’ll catch some of them performing at the Pow Wow! Admission to this is $15.75 per day
I’ve got two sets of tickets to give away to the International Competition Pow Wow! To enter, respond in the comments with an answer to this question: Why is the festival logo a turtle? I’ll take entries until 4:30PM today!
UPDATE: I’ve got two winners! From the blog, Priscilla – and from twitter @angryfawn! Congrats to both of you, look for an email with instructions soon!