The Wood Buffalo 2023 Arctic Winter Games Host Society is launching an expression of interest for an Artistic Director to plan and execute the Cultural Gala for the 2023 Arctic Winter Games.

The Artistic Director will bring their vision and producing experience while working in collaboration with cultural participants, a choreographer and a production team. This person will focus on artistic and production team duties including meetings, finalization of the design team, review of cultural contingent support materials and general Gala planning and preparations.

“The Cultural Gala is a multi-disciplinary performing art showcase at the Arctic Winter Games. Performers from seven circumpolar regions work together throughout the week to put together a two-night show that celebrates cultural exchange and the rich cultures of the North,” said Ana Maria Mendez, Host Society Board Director of Culture and Ceremonies. “This is a unique opportunity for an artistic director to work with youth from different cultures and regions and create an unforgettable show for participants and the audience.”

Gala rehearsals run from January 30 – February 1, 2023 and culminate in two public ticketed evening performances at the Keyano Theatre & Arts Centre February 2 – 3, 2023.

Interested individuals living in the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo with experience in the performing arts and youth-oriented activities are invited to apply. The deadline to send in a submission is November 25, 2022. The tentative start date is December 7. The application form can be found at

“This event is always a crowd favorite at the Arctic Winter Games, and we look forward to seeing the artistic director’s vision come to life,” added Mendez. 

The Arctic Winter Games is an international biennial celebration of circumpolar sports and culture taking place in the Wood Buffalo region from January 29 – February 4, 2023. The Games will highlight the region and its culture through the spirit of sport to an international audience and visitors from around the world. The week-long event will see participants from our own backyard along with international circumpolar North regions during their Time to Shine.



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