What is Celebration of Nations?
Celebration of Nations is a partnership and gathering of Indigenous arts, culture and tradition in downtown St. Catharines that started in 2017.
Celebration of Nations is part of a long-term vision of the FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre, Kakekalanicks, and the City of St. Catharines to build on the Two Row Wampum that promotes all Nations walking together, in parallel, with respect, compassion and understanding to cultivate an inclusive community for our shared future.
Part of our year-round programming, Celebration of Nations reaches a crescendo on the weekend after Labour Day annually with a three-day Gathering of Indigenous Arts, Culture, and Tradition that will showcase a wide variety of Indigenous arts and artists, ranging from traditional and contemporary music and dance, visual arts to film screenings, creative workshops, eye-opening teachings, and hands-on activities for both children and adults.
Please visit our About page for more information.
How can I experience Celebration of Nations?
The 2022 gathering offers a hybrid gathering with both in-person, and livestreamed events. In-person events take place at the FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre in downtown St. Catharines. Livestreams can be viewed on Facebook, Youtube as well as at www.celebrationofnations.ca
Where can I find out about the events?
All of this year’s details can be found on our schedule page! Use the boxes on the left to filter our events by type, date and in-person or virtual. Most events will be offered as both in-person and livestreamed.
How much are tickets?
Most of our events and teachings are free with the exception of two LIVE In-person concerts that take place in Partridge Hall at the FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre. Tickets are $35-$59 with special discounts and promo codes available.
All the activities that take place in the Backyard at FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre are FREE.
All the workshops that are offered require pre-registration. Visit the PAC’s Workshops page for more information about fees, availability and more. 2022 workshops will be announced in August.
Who leads Celebration of Nations?
For more information please visit: https://www.celebrationofnations.ca/about/
Where do I park?
On-site parking is not available at the FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre; however, there are more than 1,000 spots available in nearby parking garages, surface lots and on city streets within a five-minute walk to the PAC.
Please visit our Venues page for detailed information about parking.