The Riverside Park in Dawson City is the site that gives our festival its name. Running alongside the shore of the Yukon River, this park is a hub for summertime activities and recreation for our community, and it has been the main location of YRAF festivities since its beginnings. We are very grateful to be able to hold our festival in these grounds and would like to thank the City of Dawson for their continued support through the years!
One of the many highlights of the Yukon Riverside Arts Festival is the Demonstration Tent, located along the dyke in the centre of the festival grounds. The Demo Tent features artists and artisans from all over the Yukon (and beyond!) who offer hands-on demonstrations of their crafts, skills, and mediums, inviting the public to participate, learn and create. From blacksmithing forge to spinning wool from angora rabbits, this year’s offer was sure to offer something for everyone!
- Spinning Wool From Angora Rabbits
with Jess Sellers
- Body Plaster Casting
with Adonika Clarke
- Flint knapping
with Kent Pigott
- Silicone Mold Making
with Donna Griffard
- Egg Art: Pysanky and Natural Dye
with Jasmina Majcenić
- Drawing Magical Beasts with Ink Blots
with Coco Nielsen
- Wooden Spoon Carving
with Bill Donaldson
Every year, YRAF offers art related activities and entertainment geared for children at our Kids Tent, free of charge and open to all. Youth are encouraged to explore their creativity and experiment freely with different techniques and materials. A variety of facilitators teach the children different methods of creative expression while engaging their attention through play and fun!
Hän Ghả Chukėt Träätätsey Riverside Artist Market
On Saturday and Sunday of Arts Fest, our Artist Market featured an array of local artists and artisans selling their goods at the Picnic Shelter on Riverside Park. YRAF aims to support local artists and makers by providing an opportunity for displaying and selling their art, craft and handmade goods during the busy weekend. Visitors are delighted to be able to purchase unique goods and original art, handmade by our talented local artists, thereby supporting and strengthening the economy of arts in Dawson City.
Workshops & More
YRAF always welcomes an opportunity to help facilitate workshops and other interactive learning experiences. There are so many talented and skilled folk in our territory who are also great teachers, and each year there is a new offer of things to learn and make.
This year our workshops included:
- Blacksmith Railroad Tie Workshop
- Blacksmith Coat Hook Workshop
- Leather Wallet Making Workshop
Hosted by Yukonstruct
- Virtual Reality Paragliding and Virtual Reality Paragliding for Youth
Hosted by Fly Yukon Paragliding Inc.
- Quillwork on Birch Workshop
Hosted by celebrated Yukon artist Faye Chamberlain
Would you like to participate in the 2023 Demo Tent, Artist Market or host a Workshop?
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