Spring Events

Indigenous Resilience Festival

Event Details

2024-03-26 to 2024-03-26 10:00:00
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421 Cawston Ave, Kelowna, BC V1Y 6Z1, Canada

The Indigenous Resilience Festival features over 40 artists from various Indigenous communities across BC. This free, all-day event starts at 10:00 AM with a welcoming ceremony and includes performances of music, storytelling, dance, and visual arts. Krystal Withakay, a syilx artist, and Dani Lion, a Dakelh Dene & Secwepemc Indigi-pop star, will serve as MCs. The festival aims to celebrate and uplift Indigenous voices, offering attendees the opportunity to explore a diverse range of artistic expressions.

Practical Information

Festival Date: The festival is a free all day event on March 26, 2024.

Venue and Tickets: The Indigenous Resilience Festival is held at the Rotary Centre for the Arts. Register online from the festival website for tickets.


Welcome to a wonderful journey through time, culture, and resilience at the Indigenous Resilience Festival in Kelowna, British Columbia. This annual event celebrates the strength, perseverance, and creative spirit of Indigenous Peoples. Whether you're a seasoned festival-goer or a curious first-timer, the Indigenous Resilience Festival has plenty to offer.

Festival Overview

The Indigenous Resilience Festival is a celebration of Indigenous culture and traditions. The event is designed not only to honour the cultural heritage and artistic diversity of Indigenous peoples but also to raise awareness of their history, struggles, and resilience. It seeks to inspire and educate attendees, promoting cross-cultural understanding and collaboration. Please note that some performances and stories may address mature themes, including both triumph and trauma-related experiences. As such, the content may be sensitive or triggering and not always suitable for younger audiences.

Event Line-Up

The festival's extensive program encompasses various activities, workshops, and performances designed to engage attendees of all ages.

Performances: Enjoy an array of performances by Indigenous artists from across the nation. Traditional and contemporary music, dance, and theatre performances promise a rich, immersive experience. Renowned Indigenous musicians and bands light up the evenings with vibrant concerts, while theatre groups perform plays that explore Indigenous history and stories.

Workshops: Engage with hands-on, interactive workshops designed to teach attendees about traditional Indigenous crafts, skills, and knowledge. From beadwork and pottery to traditional cooking and medicinal plant use, these workshops provide a hands-on learning experience that honours Indigenous heritage and traditions.

Art Exhibitions: Visit curated art exhibitions showcasing incredible works from Indigenous artists. These include traditional and contemporary artworks, highlighting the breadth and depth of Indigenous creativity and artistic expression.

Speaker Panels: Participate in thought-provoking discussions and speaker panels on various topics related to Indigenous culture, history, and contemporary issues. These sessions aim to foster dialogue and raise awareness about the resilience of Indigenous communities.

Children's Program: The festival offers a unique program for children that combines fun and learning. Activities include storytelling, traditional games, and arts and crafts workshops designed to educate and engage young minds about Indigenous cultures.