Sandra Márjá West

Sandra Márjá West, Sápmi (31) is the festival leader of the international Indigenous festival Riddu Riđđu, which takes place every year in July in the coastal Sámi area of Gáivuotna. Riddu Riđđu welcomes Indigenous artists from all over the world to present their art and culture through a broad programme including concerts, workshops, seminars, films, book talks, art exhibitions, children’s festival and youth programme. Riddu Riđđu is the biggest Sámi festival and Europe’s biggest Indigenous festival. West’s education includes duodji (traditional Sámi handicraft), goldsmith, jewellery and a Bachelor’s degree in Russian language and culture.