As part of our 35th Anniversary celebrations, Folk on the Rocks is hosting an exhibition of archived memorabilia from the last 35 years, appropriately entitled 35 Years of Folk. Curated by Áine Kavanagh and Alexis Dirks, this event showcases a rich history of one of the most important cultural events of the Northwest Territories and celebrates the immense public involvement since its inception in 1980. FOTR aims to further embolden existing community links by creating opportunities to engage and participate through this event.
Folk on the Rocks came from humble beginnings and has grown over the past 35 years thanks to the phenomenal efforts of thousands of volunteers and staff. The annual festival has long captured the spirit of the local community and this involvement is a distinct point of pride. We will commemorate FOTR Volunteers with a specially commissioned piece of artwork at the show.
Along the way, there have been countless memories made and subsequently, many stories to tell. The exhibition will feature a photographic display of donated and archived images dating back to the first festival in 1980. Audiences will have the opportunity to ‘tag’ the photographs with names, dates and memories, creating an interactive element to the show.
As part of the event, Folk on the Rocks is also holding Visual Art workshops for classes from local Elementary Schools, grades K-6. Each class will work on a collaborative multi-media collage. The resulting artworks will then be displayed in the Kids Zone at the festival.
The exhibition opens to the public Saturday June 20th at 11am until 6pm, in the Centre Square Mall, Yellowknife, in a space opposite the entrance to the Yellowknife Inn. The exhibition will then run until June 25th, opening at 11am until 6pm every day.