The Atlin Arts & Music festival will be held this year from July 8 through 10 in Atlin, British Columbia. First held in 2003, the festival is an annual celebration of art, music, natural beauty and the spirit of community that defines the North.
The festival begins at 5 p.m. Friday, July 8, with Taku Kwaan Dancers, and continues through the weekend with musicians Tom Jackson, Tanya Tagaq, Madison Violet, Charlie A’Court, Anabelle Chvostek and 13 more musical acts, as well as sets by featured storytellers Brett Dillingham, Sharon Shorty, Claire Ness and Nicole Bauberger. Art workshops will include encaustic painting, whittling, acrylic paiting, and felting, and music workshops will include tango rhythms and indian raga and tala, among others. The festival will also feature films, kids’ events, comedy and free camping.
The community of Atlin, home to about 400 year-round residents, is located on the shores of Atlin Lake, British Columbia’s largest natural lake (85 miles long by 5 miles across). Atlin Provincial Park encompasses most of the south half of the lake and embraces the Juneau ice field.