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Great Northern Arts Festival Announces New Title Sponsorship

Inuvik, NT, June 19, 2008: The Great Northern Arts Festival in Inuvik, NWT, is pleased to announce a formal title sponsorship agreement for the Festival over the next three years with the Inuvialuit Development Corporation and NorTerra Inc. The Festival, now celebrating its 20th year, is Canada’s largest northern aboriginal arts festival, and focuses year-round on the training, professional development, presentation and cultural exchange of multi-disciplinary northern artists from across all three territories and the circumpolar world. This year’s festival, to be held July 11-20, will feature over 100 artists and offer 40 workshops for members of the public, along with nightly traditional northern entertainment, a headline concert with Inuit performer Lucie Idlout, an Arctic fashion show and a number of planned activities for youth and families.

Executive Director Tony Devlin says ‘this agreement gives us long-term resources and allows us to properly plan the direction and growth of the Festival over the next few years. Corporate and community commitment to events and year-round activities is key to the long-term sustainability of festivals across Canada. We are excited to be able to work with key regionally-based national corporations such as IDC and NorTerra and look forward to taking arts in the North to the next level’.

The celebrations this year coincide with the Town of Inuvik’s 50th Anniversary celebrations and the dual festivities promise plenty to do for visitors to the Mackenzie Delta during ‘Homecoming Week’. The Festival has re-designed the Midnight Sun Recreation Complex venue, tripling the gallery and display space, and is looking forward to presenting a number of special exhibits this year including a commissioned series of fifteen masks dedicated to elders from around the North who have made a contribution to traditional arts throughout the history of the Festival – called The Faces of the Elders – by Whitehorse artist Harreson Tanner. Online registration for the record number of arts workshops for the public has begun with more information available on the Festival, schedule of events and offered workshops at or by calling 867-777-8638.