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West Anthem

This study recommends key changes to make Alberta an internationally recognized music hub.

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Cultural Vitality Fund

Donate to Calgary Arts Foundation’s new fund and help support Calgary’s artists and arts workers.

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Accountability & Impact Report

Calgary Arts Development supports and strengthens the arts to benefit all Calgarians. Learn all about our 2019.

What's On in Calgary

Stay up to date with arts and culture events throughout the year

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Online Offerings

With Calgary working hard to help flatten the curve and slow the spread of COVID-19, the local arts community is making sure we all stay connected to art, artists, and creative ideas. Check out these upcoming online events.

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Slated to be the biggest one yet, CUFF might have had to make a last-minute decision to cancel all its Globe Cinema screenings in the face of rising COVID-19 numbers, but 19 selections are waiting for you to watch online.

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GIRAF Animation Festival

The Giant Incandescent Resonating Animation Festival celebrates the spirit of independent, underground, and experimental animation—and the 16th annual offering is being held online and on demand for audiences from across Alberta.

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An examination of the recent rash of school shootings through the eyes of the mothers, Hope McIntyre’s Trauma is a digital theatre experience that you won’t want to miss from DIY Theatre. Grab tickets for this season opener today.

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#LoveYYC Month

Tourism Calgary invites Calgarians to safely share why they #LoveYYC and support local during this month-long virtual celebration. This year’s edition showcases unique Calgary stories, compelling deals, interactive contests, and so much more.

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Deer Woman

Lila, one missing girl’s big sister, refuses to stand idly by. A solo-warrior-woman story of righteous vengeance that asks audiences to re-imagine justice, join Downstage as it offers the Turtle Island premiere of ARTICLE 11’s Deer Woman.

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Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra Fall Series

Starting small and gradually building toward the day when it can have all 66 musicians back together onstage, the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra goes digital for this new series.

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Calgary International Film Festival

Bringing together more than 175 films, Calgary International Film Festival features a lineup of the year’s most ground-breaking and must-see movies with a unique hybrid model.

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Explore the electric connection between our senses and the imagination, and join Ghost River Theatre for a surprising experience tailored for these unexpected times. SensoryBox takes blindfolded audiences on a tactile adventure.



Useful information about Calgary Arts Development and the sector

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COVID-19 Impact Survey

In May 2020, Calgary Arts Development undertook a survey of arts organizations in Calgary to better understand and plan for the COVID-19 disruption to the arts, culture, and creative industries.

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Calgary Engagement Survey

How a community connects with the arts can be a clear indicator of vibrancy. Overall, 93% of Calgarians are connected to the arts and culture sector in one way or another.


Wave 3 Results

The New Experience Economy

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Future of Calgary’s Live Experience Economy

Stone-Olafson is supporting experience-based organizations with timely research on how audiences will engage post-pandemic. The third wave of results is now available.



Information About COVID-19

Calgary Arts Development has received a number of inquiries about the COVID-19 outbreak. This page is updated regularly with anything that is pertinent to the local arts sector.


RISE UP Relaunch Lunch #2

At 12:00pm on December 3, 2020, RISE UP Calgary discusses micro festivals and how smaller, scalable events could be created and taken to different communities throughout the city.


Office Closure

While our offices have been closed to the public since March 16, 2020, Calgary Arts Development will be observing Remembrance Day. All staff will be off on November 11, 2020.


Anti-Racism Virtual Town Hall

A wrap-up to our summer series, hear Calgary Arts Development’s reflections on what we heard, what we learned, and what we are thinking about as we move forward.


RISE UP Calgary Relaunch Lunches

Are you someone working in the arts or the hospitality industry who is looking for ways to collaborate amid the COVID-19 pandemic?


Living a Creative Life

Fuelling a vital, prosperous and connected city

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Episode 11

Join Adora Nwofor as we feature the world’s youngest sitar player, a French horn player who also has a knitting podcast, and so much more.

Tony McGrath and Lanre Ajayi at the doors of The GRAND


Go behind the scenes with Lanre Ajayi and My City Speaks To Me to explore the beautiful architecture and amazing history of The GRAND.

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Episode 10

The arts might have had to pivot thanks to a global pandemic but Calgary companies are not letting that stop the creative juices from flowing.

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Cesar Cala

Working to make life better for all Calgarians, Cesar Cala believes in the power of ordinary people making extraordinary change.

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Episode 9

Bringing community together through creative living, on this episode we colour in Currie and get creepy with Calgarians who take Halloween to another level.

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Episode 8

Join Adora Nwofor and explore different methods of self-expression. From murals to illustrations to Lego, tune in to see what drives people to create.

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Aya Mhana

The recipient of the Calgary Catholic Immigration Society New Canadian Artist Award, Aya Mhana is a Syrian-born singer, songwriter, and oud player.

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Episode 7

Filling in for Adora Nwofor, join Scott Henderson as he introduces us to a group of Calgarians who share the drive and passion to create.

Tom Marten's It's Nobody | Image: Courtesy of Indefinite Arts Centre

#YouthSingersofCalgary presents the “On With The Show” three-episode musical web series, taking all the singing and dancing you’ve come to expect and put it all together in an unforgettable online show!

Along with fantastic musical performances, each episode will feature updates on all the great things #YSC has been doing, give you a sneak peak behind the scenes into this unprecedented year and round out the show with a mystery serial - “When The Music Went Silent.” In a year like no other, we’ve put together a production like no other, as we carry on with the show.

Join us for the live, online premiere of Episode 1 on December 19, 2020 at 7:00 p.m.

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BLACK FRIDAY + my BIRTHDAY on SUNDAY = SALE NOVEMBER 27, 28, and 29! ALL artwork up to 25% OFF until Sunday, November 29 at 9:00pm. ...

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Our hearts are with all of Darcy's family and loved ones, his abtheatreprjcts colleagues and our whole arts community at this time of Darcy's passing. We have very fond memories of Darcy's buoyant and generous dedication to theatre. We celebrate Darcy's life and we're here for those who need support at this challenging time. Much love

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