Our Story

May 16, 2022 to May 22, 2022
Artcirq members Tylie Arnatsiaq, Ashley Akittirq, and Maya Cook travelled witth Igloolik youth Dylan, Bernadette, and Qayaa to Cirkaskina's National Youth Circus Gathering in Quebec. Beforehand, in Montreal, the group participated in an exchange with fellow Inuit circus... read more.
May 5, 2022 to May 7, 2022
Artcirq performed this weekend for the first year of Iqaluit's Arctic Circus Festival, a festival bringing together performers from across the arctic and beyond. As well as Artcirq's performance on the 7th, Jacky Qrunnut and Jimmy Qamukaq performed with Throw2Catch, a company co-headed by Gisle... read more.
April 29, 2022
Artcirq performed today as part of the closing ceremonies of Nunavut Quest 2022, the annual North-Baffin dogsled race. It was a moment of joy after two years of Covid-19 closures to come together again with the community and share art, laughter, country food, and tradition. We also... read more.
March 16, 2022
For the first time since the beginning of Covid Artcirq has performed internationally, this time to Dubai! We were invited to World Expo 2020 which finally took place in March 2022. We performed at the Australian pavilion, screened the film Circus Without Borders, and shared so much with... read more.
September 23, 2021 to September 28, 2021
Artcirq members Donna Qaunaq and Maya Cook travelled to St.John's Newfoundland to take part of Cirkaskina's social circus youth ambassador training, which took part in tandem with the St.John's International Circus Festival. It was a beautiful time where circus skills were shared and many... read more.
September 15, 2021
We are excited to present Artcirq's new costumes made by the talented Jessica-Rose Ikummaq and Maria Kripanik! Keep an eye out for them in our upcoming shows, especially with our young performers. 
August 19, 2021 to August 21, 2021
Lead by Terry Uyarak, Guillaume Saladin, and elders Peter and Elisapi Awa, Artcirq embarks on another year's Nunaqpaa (inland summer caribou hunt). This year for safety we stayed closer to shore, seal hunting and spending time on the land with elders and old friends. 
August 6, 2021 to August 9, 2021
This summer camp lead by Glenda Kripanik, Maya Cook, and elders Elisapi and Peter Awa brought 20 community members and youth out onto the land to fish, seal hunt, and learn kattajjaq and qilaujjaq from their elders and community artists. It was a beautiful and peaceful trip that connected us... read more.
July 1, 2021
'' I am here today in Ottawa, ready for a show tomorrow that is normally Canada day, I want to make it a reflection more so than a celebration. We are still here as indigenous people, we are a people far up north and as inuit. We knew these stories before but parents and families have now have a... read more.
March 21, 2021
Artcirq performed on the streets of Igloolik during a blizzard this November for Tauvigjuaq, a performance celebrating traditional Inuit string games and marking the tradition of cutting and putting away these strings during the dark season, a time of many taboos. This project is lead by Artcirq's... read more.