Coastal Dance Festival 2020

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The 13th annual Coastal Dance Festival is on now, celebrating Canadian and global Indigenous stories, song, and dance. Until March 1st, Dancers of Damelahamid are presenting a lineup of events at the Anvil Centre in New Westminster and at the Museum of Anthropology at UBC (“MOA”), where school performances will be performed in the Great Hall.

Coastal Dance Festival. Photos by Carlos Castillo.
Coastal Dance Festival. Photos by Carlos Castillo.

Coastal Dance Festival 2020

When: February 25 to March 1, 2020
Tickets: Available online now from $25

Program highlights in 2020 include the festival debut of Tooma Laisa and Leanna Wilson (Inuit), a musician duo from Canada’s Arctic, and youth workshops between the New Zealand-based Tuakana and Teina Leadership Academy Group, and two BC-based groups Ewk Hyaha Hozdii (Wet’suwet’en) and Yisya’winuxw (Kwakwaka’wakw).

This year’s festival welcomes 14 Indigenous performance groups from throughout British Columbia, Alaska, the Yukon, and Nunavut as well as international guest artists from as far away as New Zealand.

New and not-to-be-missed this year: the emerging talents of Tooma Laisa and Leanna Wilson, who revitalize Inuit drum songs through pairings with contemporary dance; and the Vancouver debut of New Zealand’s Tuakana and Teina Leadership Academy Group, a talented company of artists aged 5 to 18, who focus on cultivating leadership abilities through shared learnings. TNT will participate in workshops alongside Ewk Hyaha Hozdii and Yisya’winuxw from Alert Bay, BC.

School Group Performances

Museum of Anthropology at UBC
(6393 NW Marine Drive, UBC)
Tuesday, February 25 at 10:30am and 1:00pm
Chesha7 iy lha mens – Squamish
Tuakana and Teina Leadership Academy Group – Māori
Dancers of Damelahamid

Anvil Centre
Wednesday, February 26 at 10:30am
Ewk Hyaha Hozdii – Wet’suwet’en
Tuakana and Teina Leadership Academy Group – Māori
Dancers of Damelahamid

Thursday, February 27 at 1:00pm
Ewk Hyaha Hozdii – Wet’suwet’en
Tuakana and Teina Leadership Academy Group – Māori
Dancers of Damelahamid 

Signature Evening Performance

Anvil Centre
Friday, February 28 at 7:30pm
Spakwus Slolem – Squamish
Dancers of Damelahamid
Tooma Laisa and Leanna Wilson – Inuit
Rainbow Creek – Haida 

Festival Stage Performances

Anvil Centre
(777 Columbia St, New Westminster)
Saturday, February 29, 2020

Program 1 at 1:00pm:
Xwelmexw Shxwexwo:s – Coast Salish
Dakhká Khwáan – Inland Tlingit 

Program 2 at 2:00pm:
Yisya’winuxw – Kwakwaka’wakw
Tuakana and Teina Leadership Academy Group – Māori 

Program 3 at 3:00pm:
Git Hoan – Tsimshian 

Sunday, March 1, 2020

Program 1 at 1:00pm:
Kwhlii Gibaykw – Nisga’a
Dakhká Khwáan – Inland Tlingit 

Program 2 at 2:00pm:
Tooma Laisa and Leanna Wilson – Inuit
Git Hayetsk – Nisga’a/Tsimshian 

Program 3 at 3:00pm:
Chinook Song Catchers – Squamish

Dancers of Damelahamid proudly acknowledge the festival takes place on the traditional, ancestral, and unceded territories of the Qayqayt and Musqueam peoples. 

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