Celebrate First Nations culture on the banks of the Yukon River
The Adäka Cultural Festival was launched in July 2011, with a mission to develop and deliver a world-class, iconic festival that showcases, celebrates, and fosters the development of Yukon’s diverse and distinctive First Nations arts and culture.
Adäka means “coming into the light” in the Southern Tutchone language. The Festival is committed to shining a light on the creative spirit of Yukon First Nations people, helping to preserve and revitalize our arts and culture, while inspiring artists and youth to take pride in their heritage and communities.
Each year the Festival hosts over 150 artists and features a vibrant schedule of traditional and contemporary performances, artist demonstrations, an art market & gallery, workshops, cultural presentations, films, community feast, and more!
For centuries, Yukon First Nation communities gathered - feasting, dancing, singing and drumming. The Yukon is still home to a vibrant culture. Today, it is a kaleidoscope of festivals, feasts, celebrations and artwork inspired by our rich heritage, amazing landscapes and magical skies.
Come dance under the midnight sun and discover the energy of endless days. Experience timeless traditions. Enjoy inspired flavours. Explore the dozens of museums, historic sites, and interpretive and cultural centres. Learn our stories, brought to life in so many ways. You’re invited to come to the Yukon and connect with our culture. It’s everywhere you look.