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May 2023

Aanii, NIFFies!


For Immediate Release – May 11, 2023


From June 21-25, 2023, audiences at NIFF 2023 will have the chance to see three original Indigenous plays!

Toronto’s Centre for Indigenous Theatre presents “The Bridge” written and performed by Pesch Nepoose, director/dramaturge Ed Roy. (Drama, Age 14+).

A young indigenous woman has been drugged and is being held captive. She knows her abductors, and knows if she doesn't escape she'll probably end up dead. In this one-woman show, Kara and the various characters she encounters, takes the audience through the events that led up to her captivity, and eventually looks to the audience to help her resolve it's ending.
Trina Moyan is the writer/performer of “The Cave that Hummed a Song” directed by Jill Carter.

Written for Trina’s mentor Lee Maracle, the story was inspired by Lee’s philosophical musings on life, on being a woman, on blood memory and women taking their rightful place in society. A timely piece to reflect the MMIWG2S movement. It was birthed out of a traditional form of oral story keeping and the traditional way of telling stories from the heart and in the moment. In that, each time the story teller shares it – the story changes and is transformed by the listeners in the room.

From Winnipeg, Juicebox Theatre presents “An Indigenous Play” written and directed by Julia Ross with Jade Wood, Christian Perez-Carrillo and Hoang Quyrn.

This play explores the baggage that comes with being an Indigenous artist. How do people react to non-traditional art? Are land acknowledgments doing what we think they are? Dakota is having her first art show, but is it what everyone expects of her? After navigating troubles at work, troubles at home, and one crazy uncle, the Indigenous art show must go on.

All performances in Nozhem First Peoples’ Performance Space, Trent University East Bank. Show times and tickets at

For more information contact Lee Bolton at the phone/email above.


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Check out our NIFF 2023 poster, in all it's glory!

Time to get planning for NIFF 2023! For just $12 a show, you can see some groundbreaking local, provincial and International Indigenous art. 100% of ticket proceeds will go back to NIFF Artists and you can feel good about supporting them in their creative expressions and see some pretty rad performance while you're at it!

Get your tickets here!

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What are you doing on Tuesday, May 15 from 12:00PM - 1:00PM EST? Join us for a virtual Publicity Workshop with Damien Nelson to learn more about Fringe Publicity.

Damien Nelson is a press agent with 15 years of experience in marketing and communications in the arts sector. As a press agent, she works with Native Earth Performing Arts, Toronto Fringe Festival, Indigenous Fashion Arts Festival, imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival, CBC Podcasts, Toronto International Storytelling Festival, and more. She is also a producer for the Toronto Sketch Comedy Festival.

In 2018, Damien launched Want & Able, offering a robust roster of PR and consulting services for her creative clients. A proactive arts promoter known for being cooler than a cucumber, Damien’s razor-sharp instincts and accessible communication style make promoting your event a transparent and straightforward process.

We are thrilled to have Damien facilitate our Publicity Workshop. Email us at to register!

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It's that time of year again where we're on the search for Indigenous craft vendors for NIFF 2023 on Saturday, June 24 and Sunday, June 25. Drop us an email at if you're interested and pass along this info to anyone you know who would be interested!

Volunteers are such an essential part of our festival. Join the NIFF family by helping out as a volunteer!

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Being a billet host is another special way to volunteer with NIFF and help artists with accommodations and finding their way around Nogojiwanong.

If you have extra space and can generously provide a place in your home throughout the length of NIFF from June 20th - 26th, please fill out this application or get in touch with questions at


Support Indigenous performing arts by reaching out to us about our sponsorship program!


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