Outdoor and indoor fun was had at the Yukon Riverside Arts Festival this year, with a variety of events showcasing local talent and offering the public a chance to ease back into the festival feeling, while still keeping in line with recommendations by health authorities. We are so grateful we were able to give Dawson City a fun-filled weekend!
YRAF 2021 saw the return of our Artist Market, which was absent from the 2020 edition due to Covid-19 concerns. Fortunately, we were able to provide a space for local artisans and creators sell their crafts, in a safe and fun environment. As well, we were able to host a Kids Tent, with creative activities for the little ones, which along with installations and a live music stage at the Gazebo, helped make Riverside Park into a lively arts celebration once more.
Riverside Park Exhibits
Many YRAF 2021 artists chose Riverside Park as their location for their exhibits, performances and workshops, which, along with the Live Music Stage at the Gazebo, the Kids Tent and the Artist Market, turned the waterfront area into a lively hub of activity throughout the weekend.
These exhibits and activities included:
WHY Dawson, a interactive booth with Saba Blyden-Taylor and Page Cowell, the creators of a podcast about Dawson City.
Faye Chamberlain, “The Land is Medicine” a wall tent installation/exhibit about heading out on the land for healing, survival and inspiration in these pandemic times.
Nicole Bauberger, “Raven Monsters” interactive art installation where Nicole worked with the public to build four 14 foot tall Raven Monsters.
Blackbird L’Hirondelle, “Stain : Parts I and II” a butoh-based movement improvisation centered around the themes of death, decay and rebirth.
Bill Donaldson and Jeake Armstrong, carpentry and blacksmith forge demonstration.
Esther Bordet, Comic Jam – a super fun way to create short comics as a group.
Becky Johnson, “You and me and a bunch of made up stuff” an improvised narrative show made in collaboration with the entire audience.