First Peoples' Festival

© Georges Alexandar - Santa Claud Parade© Terres en vues, Marc Saindon - First Peoples' Festival© Terres en vues, Marc Saindon - First Peoples' Festival
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© Georges Alexandar - Santa Claud Parade

July 3, 2013 – Celebrating indigenous cultures from across the Americas, the twenty-second edition of the First Peoples’ Festival will take place in and around Montreal from July 31 to August 5, 2013. It’s an opportunity not only to experience the richness of imagination expressed by so many Native cultures, but to hear the voices and learn the stories of diverse First Nations groups from across North America and beyond.

A point of convergence for numerous aboriginal groups, the First Peoples’ Festival features a wide array of music, art, cinema, poetry, and cuisine by indigenous peoples. Taking place at the Place des Festivals (as well as other locations), the event also includes a number of interactive activities. With a great teepee, mythical animals, traditional dances and drums, the Place des Festivals immerses visitors in authentic and enchanting world.

The Festival also features a rich cultural program, including the Paroles amérikoises by Pierre Bastien at the Grande Bibliothèque on opening night; Fiddles no more an energetic and defiant young rock show on August 1 at the Place des festivals; Électrochoc, a full-out electronic evening coproduced with the MEG Festival on August 2; and a not-to-be-missed performance by Richards Desjardins at Club Soda on August 3, before he takes a long leave from performing. 

Visitors can also take in a photography exhibition that explores the long walk of Innu women to Montréal at the Place des Festivals’ site and discover works by Malecite artist Ginette Aubin in Le Chemin des appartenances at the Canadian Guild of Crafts. These six days of celebration of the First People’s Festival are a feast for the senses and a unique chance to reconnect with the strength, dignity and pride of millennial cultures.