Nanaimo festival celebrates Indigenous dance, drum, art, crafts and cuisine – Times Colonist

What: Sum̓sháthuthut [Sun] Festival, A Feast of Indigenous Dance, Drum, Song and Cuisine
Where: Beban Park Auditorium, 2300 Bowen Rd., Nanaimo
When: Saturday, 3 p.m. (doors at 2:30)
Tickets: $15 at the door (tickets which include dinner can be purchased from for $25 or $45

Nanaimo’s Sum̓sháthut Festival was not designed to appeal only to Indigenous communities around the mid-Island. According to organizer Tsatassaya White, the celebration of culture, food and music from several First Nations is for everyone to enjoy.

“When I envisioned this, I felt like there was an opportunity to gather people, and not just my people,” said White, who is a member of Snuneymuxw and Hupacasath First Nations. “Everyone is invited to participate. We’re sharing Indigenous culture with everyone.”

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