Naka Festival Returns for 2021

Naka Festival Returns for 2021

by ahnationtalk on February 22, 202142 Views

February 22, 2021

The City of Yellowknife (the City), together with the Yellowknives Dene First Nation (YKDFN), the North Slave Metis Alliance (NSMA), the Government of the Northwest Territories (GNWT), and Northwest Territories Tourism, is pleased to announce the third annual Naka Festival. The festival will take placefrom Monday, March 1, to Wednesday, March 31, 2021.

The Naka festival, pronounced Na-ke – Wii`lii`deh for “Northern Lights”- celebrates the aurora borealis and northern culture through a variety of themed events hosted by community organizations and representatives. There are plenty of opportunities to participate in both virtual and in-person events, including online Indigenous Storytelling, in partnership with Northwords NWT; and, the Naka Fashion Showcase, a virtual exploration of six NWT fashion artists, brought to you by the YKDFN and NWT Arts.

“The Naka Festival is a great opportunity to explore and celebrate northern culture and the aurora borealis, and this year is no different,” said Mayor Rebecca Alty. “I encourage everyone to get involved either online or in person, following all COVID-19 protocols, and enjoy these fantastic events.”

Residents will also have an opportunity to register for an Aurora Photography Workshop, NWT Film screenings, and a Hand Games Workshop hosted by the Prince of Wales Northern Heritage Centre.

For more information and the complete schedule, visit



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