Indigenous Contemporary Scene

Artistic Director: Émilie Monnet  
Co-Producer, Curator, Creators Exchange on the Land: Patti Shaugnessy
Managing Producer: Sage Wright
Creative Producer, Scotland: Jean Cameron
Graphic Designer: Sébastien Aubin
Marketing Director:  Derek Gilchrist
Press Relations: The Corner Shop 

Produced by Onishka Productions, Indigenous Contemporary Scene (ICS), exists as a platform for the presentation of live arts by Indigenous artists. It offers unique spaces for curated conversations and creative exchange between artists from different disciplines. It is an opportunity to bring together artists from different nations, to incite new collaborations, and to contribute to the greater impact of Indigenous voices internationally.

ICS Scotland will take place over a period of two years: from July 2019 to September 2020. It will debut with the Creators Exchange on the Land in July 2019, which will take place on The Isle of Arran. This Exchange will bring together a group of 6 Indigenous creators and knowledge keepers from Kanata with 6 Scottish creators, each representing different cultural and linguistic territories in Scotland.

Following this Exchange, and in collaboration with presenters across the festivals, ICS will present a month long program of performing arts by Indigenous artists and producers from Canada. The ICS programme provides a robust international context for the presentation of Indigenous art practices from Canada and explores the intersection of these voices within the context of the Edinburgh festivals. The programme also serves as an artist led response to the UNESCO Year of Indigenous Languages, of which Onishka is a partner.

Onishka Productions

Artistic Director: Émilie Monnet

At the crossroads of several artistic disciplines but mainly in theatre, Onishka Productions is an interdisciplinary arts organization that forges ties of sharing among Indigenous peoples around the world while honoring their diversity, richness and resilience.

Founded in 2011 by Émilie Monnet, Onishka creates and produces works that promote original and meaningful artistic collaborations to provide a fresh perspective on the world in which we live. Onishka means ‘wake up’ in Anishnabemowin. In this spirit, we believe that artistic creation is a catalyst for social transformation and that it challenges the perception of the realities and struggles of Indigenous peoples.