2016 Arctic Winter Games close with a bang

Walter Strong | Nuuk, Greenland
March 12, 2016

The 2016 Arctic Winter Games closed Friday night with a gala performance that introduced several new acts not seen in the opening ceremonies, and the return of the headline act the Small Time Giants.

A special treat for Nunavut, the NWT and everyone else was Kugluktuk’s Gustin Adjun’s fiddle performance. Weather prevented him from making his scheduled slot in the opening ceremonies.

Walter Strong/NNSL photo Nuuk, Greenland - March 11, 2016 - Gala hosts for the 2016 Arctic Winter Games applaud the efforts, sacrifices and success of all of Nuuk's volunteers and citizens to host what is billed as the largest event of its kind in Greenland's history.

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Nuuk, Greenland – March 11, 2016 – Gala hosts for the 2016 Arctic Winter Games applaud the efforts, sacrifices and success of all of Nuuk’s volunteers and citizens to host what is billed as the largest event of its kind in Greenland’s history.

Walter Strong/NNSL photo Nuuk, Greenland - March 11, 2016 - Copenhagen-based singer-songwriter Malu Rohmann performed during the closing ceremonies.

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Nuuk, Greenland – March 11, 2016 – Copenhagen-based singer-songwriter Malu Rohmann performed during the closing ceremonies.

Walter Strong/NNSL photo Nuuk, Greenland - March 11, 2016 - Kugluktuk's Gustin Adjun played at the closing ceremonies. He was to have been part of the opening ceremony, but weather-related flight delays prevented that.

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Nuuk, Greenland – March 11, 2016 – Kugluktuk’s Gustin Adjun played at the closing ceremonies. He was to have been part of the opening ceremony, but weather-related flight delays prevented that.

Walter Strong/NNSL photo Nuuk, Greenland - March 11, 2016 - Nuuk's youth dancer troupe took to the stage with a modern routine.

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Nuuk, Greenland – March 11, 2016 – Nuuk’s youth dancer troupe took to the stage with a modern routine.

Walter Strong/NNSL photo Nuuk, Greenland - March 11, 2016 - A young boy wearing a Greenland team jacket waves Nunavut flags during the closing ceremonies.

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Nuuk, Greenland – March 11, 2016 – A young boy wearing a Greenland team jacket waves Nunavut flags during the closing ceremonies.

Walter Strong/NNSL photo Nuuk, Greenland - March 11, 2016 - Hay River Mayor Brad Mapes and Fort Smith Mayor Lynn Napier-Buckley raise the folded Arctic Winter Games flag, which was passed over to the duo in recognition of being the twin host cities for the 2018 Arctic Winter Games.

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Nuuk, Greenland – March 11, 2016 – Hay River Mayor Brad Mapes and Fort Smith Mayor Lynn Napier-Buckley raise the folded Arctic Winter Games flag, which was passed over to the duo in recognition of being the twin host cities for the 2018 Arctic Winter Games.

Walter Strong/NNSL photo Nuuk, Greenland - March 11, 2016 - A Nunavut athlete captures closing ceremonies performances with her camera phone.

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Nuuk, Greenland – March 11, 2016 – A Nunavut athlete captures closing ceremonies performances with her camera phone.

Walter Strong/NNSL photo Nuuk, Greenland - March 11, 2016 - Confetti is launched from the stage over the crowd of athletes as the Small Time Giants finish their set.

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Nuuk, Greenland – March 11, 2016 – Confetti is launched from the stage over the crowd of athletes as the Small Time Giants finish their set.

Walter Strong/NNSL photo Nuuk, Greenland - March 11, 2016 - Confetti launched from the main stage floats over the crowd of athletes.

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Nuuk, Greenland – March 11, 2016 – Confetti launched from the main stage floats over the crowd of athletes.

Walter Strong/NNSL photo Nuuk, Greenland - March 11, 2016 - Fireworks seen here over the city marked the finale of the 2016 Arctic Winter Games.

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Nuuk, Greenland – March 11, 2016 – Fireworks seen here over the city marked the finale of the 2016 Arctic Winter Games.