The importance of cultural exchange and social interaction at the Arctic Winter Games can be most evident in the Cultural Participants Program.
Each contingent sends cultural performers to participate in a Cultural Gala.
Unlike sport, instead of competing against one another, these performers work with their peers throughout the week to put together a two-night show at Keyano Theatre. The Gala will feature a blend of performance disciplines including theatre, dance, music, and others as well as a collaborative piece that cultural participants learn and rehearse together.
After the show, there are no awards, no best performance – instead, they receive a cultural medallion designed by local artist Kim Coppard for their participation and recognition.
The Cultural Gala takes place February 2 & 3, 2023, at 7 p.m. MT. Tickets can be purchased through the Keyano Theatre box office.
If you can’t make the Cultural Gala, cultural participants will be at pop-up performances in various venues throughout the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo during the Games.
*Schedule is subject to change