The two-part virtual opening of Qaumajuq, the new Inuit art centre at the Winnipeg Art Gallery, promises artwork, performances and ceremonies. The virtual, documentary-style events will be hosted by Dr. Stephen Borys, the WAG Director and CEO, Julia Lafreniere, the WAG Head of Indigenous Initiatives and Madeleine Allakariallak, former host of CBC North’s Igalaaq.
Part one, set for March 25, journeys through the 40,000-square-foot building and showcases the collection of Inuit art it houses. Inuit collective ArtCirq and hoop dancer Marika Sila will perform as will the Ivan Flett Memorial Dancers, singer-songwriter Don Amero and throat-singers Nikki Komaksiutiksak and Chasity Swan. Part two, which will occur March 26, tells the story of the spirits that live within the 14,000 Inuit artworks hosted at the art centre. The Seven Nations of Manitoba will also bless Qaumajuq in ceremony. Both events will be about one hour.