Christine Sokaymoh Frederick is Executive Artistic Director of the Dreamspeakers Festival Society and producer of the annual Dreamspeakers Indigenous Film Festival (DIFF) and the Rubaboo Arts Festival. She is Cree-Métis with forty years of artistic experience. She is the first Indigenous Associate Artist of the Citadel Theatre and served on many artistic boards including the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra, the Edmonton Arts Council and Alberta Foundation of the Arts. She served on the committees for the ᐄᓃᐤ (ÎNÎW) River Lot 11∞ one of the first Indigenous Public Art Parks in the world, the City of Edmonton’s Indigenous Artist in Residence, and the National Advisory Committee for the National Arts Centre’s Creation Fund. She produced/performed in a dance theatre double-bill national tour of Bears by Matt MacKenzie and her own play Minosis Gathers Hope. She is the recipient of the 2007 Esquao Award in Arts and the 2016 Mayor’s award for Excellence in Artistic Leadership.
About the The Dreamspeakers Festival Society
The Dreamspeakers Festival Society is a registered non-profit charitable status organization that produces an international film festival that celebrates the innovation and works by Indigenous peoples in film, video, radio, and new media, presenting selections of Indigenous works from around the globe since 1993. The festival attracts and connects filmmakers, media artists, programmers, buyers, and industry professionals. The works accepted reflect the diversity of the world’s Indigenous nations and illustrate the vitality and excellence of our art and culture.
Beginning in 2018 The Dreamspeakers Festival Society began producing the Rubaboo Festival- Alberta’s only Aboriginal multi-disciplinary arts festival. Rubaboo is a philosophy about what sustains us; it’s about feeding the spirit, and thriving. Its mandate for over 10 years has been to encourage collaborations and to develop new artistic works and present these works in progress to a broad audience both during the festival but also through full production and touring. We’re committed to giving Aboriginal artists this forum and platform to perform their art, grow as artists, contribute their work to the community, and to bring audiences of all backgrounds together to enjoy the vast artistic expressions that exist in Aboriginal culture.