First Peoples’ Festival

29th consecutive year

The oldest, most deeply rooted and most longstanding resistance movement in the Americas invites you to its great annual event. A peaceful, joyous cultural event, drumming to the earth’s heartbeat. With the words of ancient languages, millennial cultures live in the present time as Montreal once again becomes the New World’s cultural metropolis.

The starting signal has resounded… For a week, myriad events, from gastronomy to cinematography, from poetry readings to electro concerts, from la Place des Festivals to the Kahnesetake pine forest, will provide many opportunities for discovery, meetings and sharing stories with the First Nations of Americas. We have to reinvent the world at every step. Going back to the wellspring also means spawning in the living waters of renewal.

At Montreal’s Place des Festivals, from Wednesday the 7th to Sunday the 11th, shows by local and international performers will take place every evening.

The festival is screening premiere films from international horizons. The opening film is the world premiere of Mon cri saura parler, directed by Santiago Bertolino, following the meteoric emergence of Innu poet Natasha Kanapé Fontaine on the Quebec and world cultural scene.

The grand concert, melding Mongolian throat singing with Inuit katajaq, under the direction of Katia Makdissi-Warren, will certainly be a highlight among the vocal and musical performances at the 2019 edition of Montreal summer’s leading Indigenous event.

Furthermore, the Guild will present recent works by Atikamekw artist Meky Ottawa. In partnership with the Centre international d’art contemporain de Montréal, a show on Two-Spirit will be displayed in various venues, including UQAM gallery.

A cultural, peaceful and joyful celebration, to the drum beating out the rhythm of the Earth, resounding through the magical drums of Buffalo Hat Singers and Northern Voice.

For the full line-up of films and events visit:

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