Alianait (Alianait Entertainment Group) is a charitable organization, founded in 2005, that is leading the way to build a healthier Nunavut through the arts. With Alianait, it is not enough to present high quality performances. We must also create events that bring the community together in a healthy environment that is alcohol-free, tobacco-free, pop-free and free for children 12 and under. In so doing, Alianait not only educates and advances the public’s appreciation of the arts, but also encourages a healthy lifestyle.
Alianait is recognized nationally for our annual Alianait Arts Festival - the world’s circumpolar stage. Here in Nunavut, we are also known for our strong, effective community partnerships and for being at the forefront in the development, support and marketing of Nunavut performing artists. Partnership and collaboration are at the core of Alianait’s work. The organization works to strengthen Nunavut’s cultural community through performance, workshops and training. All visiting artists offer workshops to youth and emerging artists, and Nunavut artists are featured at our Concerts and Festival events.
Artistic collaborations have had a very positive influence on the lives of our young artists. Each year we offer opportunities for youth to create a performance with seasoned professionals. This year’s Festival collaboration brought together 11 young Inuit artists from across Nunavut, Nunavik and Greenland. They worked for 4 days with internationally acclaimed throat singer, drum dancer and Artistic Director Sylvia Cloutier, and wowed our audience with a one-of-a-kind performance. These young artists grew artistically and professionally, have new life-long friendships and hope for the future.
Nunavut has the youngest population and the highest suicide rate in Canada. For World Suicide Prevention Day, we partnered with schools, mental health workers and counselors to present a Mental Health Awareness Tour in Iqaluit, Cape Dorset and Pangnirtung. Newfoundland songstress Amelia Curran and Baker Lake rapper Shauna Seeteenak both talked about their own personal experiences with depression and suicide, how music has had a healing influence, and led to their work in mental health advocacy and counseling. They were truly inspiring!
To learn more about Alianait Entertainment Group, visit www.alianait.ca