Literary Evening with Witi Ihimaera - McCord Stewart Museum


August 11, 2023 at 6 p.m.

Literary Evening with Witi Ihimaera

Free activity at the Museum + Online | Space is limited, reservation required.

The International First Peoples’ Festival, Isabelle St-Amand, as part of a research project at Queen’s University, and the Museum invite you to a literary evening with Maori author Witi Ihimaera, guest of honour at the 33rd edition of the festival.

Join us for a special conversation with this leading contemporary writer, who will read selected passages from his most influential works. Don’t miss it!

Witi Ihimaera

Witi Ihimaera was born in New Zealand and is recognized as one of the most important postcolonial writers. Belonging to the Te Whanau a Kai tribe, he grew up on stories of his origins and his ancestors. Working as a journalist and then as a diplomat, he began at the same time to imagine stories linked to his culture, for the stage and the screen.

His novel The Whale Rider became an internationally successful feature film. He has taught English literature in Auckland and was also awarded the New Zealand Order of Merit in Literature in 2005.


  • Free activity, in French, on Friday, August 11, 2023 at 6 p.m.
  • Audience discussion will be in French and English.
  • Duration: 1h45

Choose how you will join (at the Museum or online) and sign up!

  • At the Museum: J. Armand Bombardier Theatre at the McCord Stewart Museum
    Space is limited, reservation required. Is the activity you’re interested in fully booked? Show up 15 minutes early to get on the waiting list. Places may become available before the start of the activity.
  • Online: The event will be livestreamed on Zoom.

First Peoples’ Festival

The International First Peoples’ Festival showcases the artistry and cultural renaissance of Indigenous peoples from across the Americas and the world. The multidisciplinary event unfolds over ten days of creation, encounters and discoveries in August. The Place des Festivals, with its giant teepee, becomes a nucleus of intense artistic activity that radiates throughout the city. The programming centres on First People’s cinema, crowd-drawing concerts, and Indigenous performing arts in a wide variety of forms and expressions.

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