Welcome to The 2019 Great Northern Arts Festival.

join us in celebrating 31 years of Northern art and Artists.


Welcome from the Board

Good day!  Drin Gwiinzii!  Atitu! Bon jour! Once again, we gather together under the midnight sun to celebrate the richness and diversity of arts in the north.  We welcome you to our vibrant arctic town, situated on the traditional territories of the Inuvialuit and Gwich’in people.  We hope you will delight in our northern hospitality and make the most of your stay here under the skies of endless light!

We also hope that you enjoy the many opportunities of the festival.  The opportunity to meet artists face to face, the opportunity to create and learn in the many workshops available and the opportunity to witness art in its many forms- sewing, carving, painting, singing, dancing…and more.

This celebration of life, culture, tradition and creativity would not be possible without the support of our community.  Sincere gratitude goes out to our sponsors, without whom none of this would be possible.  Many thanks to all the volunteers, staff, and artists who give so much of their energy and care so that this festival is a success, year after year- 31 years, in fact!

Thank you for coming to spend these exciting, educational and inspiring ten days with us here in Inuvik!  We hope you enjoy all we have to share.

-          The Board of Directors of the Great Northern Arts Society


Welcome from the Mayor

Welcome one and all to Inuvik, Place of People. 

 Inuvik is a place where the artistic endeavours of the Gwich’in and Inuvialuit peoples are the foundation for the cultural mosaic of our community. The Great Northern Arts Festival is an integral part of Inuvik’s summers. Residents and visitors alike look forward to and enjoy the festival’s iconic diversity of activities, ceremonies, workshops, exhibitions and everything else!

The Town of Inuvik is a proud sponsor of the Great Northern Arts Festival. The theme of this year’s edition of the festival – “Clothed in Culture” – is actually quite fitting. We literally spend many occasions (and regular days) clothed in beautiful works created by local and regional artists who call the Beaufort Delta home. In every aspect of our community, the Indigenous and international culture that “clothes” our lives is evident. Visit the Arctic Market and you will see just what I mean. The artistry that you will encounter this week has often been passed from generation to generation, shared among friends, taught in workshops, and always made with creativity and respect at its core.  

I hope that throughout the week you have opportunities to chat with local people and elders, while also enjoying the spectacular beauty of the land that surrounds our community.

 Congratulations to the board, the staff, the volunteers, and everyone involved in making this annual event a wonderful one! 

 Quyanainni, Mahsi Cho, Merci, Thank you. 

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July 12th - 21st 2019


Given the remote locations of most Northern communities, it is vital that artists be given the opportunity to access markets and buyers, as well as attend professional development workshops and seminars.

To help accomplish this goal, the Great Northern Arts Society offers workshops and seminars on pricing, marketing, creativity, funding sourcing and grant-writing, artistic integrity, artist biography writing, and many other educational subjects. At the Festival, to promote the art actually created by Northern artists, we show as vast an array of artwork as possible, in medium, technique, and inspiration.

Inuvik-Northwest Territories

July 12 - 21, 2019

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Visit us

PO Box 2921

2nd floor Midnight Sun Complex
Inuvik, NWT, Canada, X0E 0T0


Contact Us

For more information about the Great Northern Arts Festival, including how your company can become a Sponsor, fill out the form on the right.


The Great Northern Arts Festival

2nd Floor Midnight Sun Complex

P.O. Box 2921, Inuvik, NT X0E 0T0

Tel: (867) 777-8638
Cellular: (867) 678-0511




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