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Calgary Poet Laureate

Nominate an outstanding Calgary poet by March 20, 2020 for this two-year term.

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Tickets Now On Sale

Join Mayor Naheed Nenshi and Calgary’s arts leaders at the 2020 Mayor’s Lunch for Arts Champions.

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SpaceFinder Alberta

Free to list and free to search, SpaceFinder links groups with space to rent with those who need it!

Arts in Action YYC Stories and data about how arts build a city

Arts in Action

Arts in Action YYC captures stories and data about how arts build a city. Read and share at artsaction.ca.

What's On in Calgary

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

A promo photo of Organized Crime Duo

Organized Crime Duo

Join the Calgary Centre of the Royal Canadian College of Organists for an organ concert that might strike you as a bit strange. Celebrate Mardi Gras at this thoroughly quirky and dazzling comedy-infused musical show.

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A photo of Kensington Sinfonia performing

Beauty of the Word

A concert featuring works inspired by the world of literature, join Kensington Sinfonia to explore instrumental music’s connection to words and text. Don’t miss your chance to hear these spectacular pieces in a relaxed and intimate environment.

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The Tudors

Found in every aspect of court life and an integral part of religious worship, musicians were frequently patronized during the Tudor period. Hear Luminous Voices perform works by these English Renaissance masters and enter to win.

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A dancer on stage in Unganisha

Unganisha

Exploring the African origin of popular dance genres, this dance theatre production is a not-to-be-missed highlight for Black History Month. Unganisha brings together popular dance genres with roots on the diverse continent of Africa.

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The cast of The Burning Pestle in a dressing room

The Burning Pestle

The second in local playwright Dan Gibbins’ Dying on Stage series, this meta show from Scorpio Theatre sees a playwright and his actors conflicted over a donor’s change to the script. It’s a witty look at the play-within-a-play trope.

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Ndidi Onukwulu on stage at Studio Bell

Block Heater

Cure your winter cabin fever and wander from stage to stage, Calgary Folk Music Festival’s fifth annual Block Heater takes over the heart of Calgary’s Inglewood and East Village with an expanded, not-to-be-missed anniversary edition.

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Mel Vee on stage during last year's We Gon Be Alright performance

Free This Week

With the last full week of February ahead of us, this is a great time to get out of your comfort zone and experience something new. From an open rehearsal with Luminous Voices to events honouring Black History Month, there’s so many to hit up.

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The cast of the touring production of Dear Evan Hansen

Dear Evan Hansen

A letter that was never meant to be seen and a life he never dreamed he could have, Evan Hansen is about to get the one thing he’s always wanted, the chance to fit in. Enter the digital lottery for a chance to purchase $25 tickets.

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Sea Songs & Shanties

Exploring the music of the sea with capstand shanties, halyard shanties, laments, forecastle songs, and short haul shanties, La Nef shares the rich songs and music that accompany a sailor’s work and play. It’s going to be a fantastic show.

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Research

Useful information about Calgary Arts Development and the sector

Calgary Engagement Survey 2018

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.

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Arts Professionals Survey

Arts Professionals Survey

In the fall of 2017, Calgary Arts Development conducted an Arts Professionals Survey to better understand the arts ecosystem and all of its complexities.

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New Report

Calgary Economic Development

Announcements

Office Closure

The Calgary Arts Development office will be closed on Monday, February 17, 2020 for Family Day. We hope you have a fun and relaxing long weekend. Our office reopens on February 18.

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Mayor’s Lunch for Arts Champions

Join Mayor Naheed Nenshi and Calgary’s arts leaders and celebrate outstanding achievement in the arts. Tickets are now on sale for the 2020 lunch.

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Call for Creative Writers

We invite you to be part of a working session with Energy Futures Lab as a story writer. The story helps EFL plan for the future of its work in the context of possible 2040 futures for Canada’s energy system.

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Community Circle and Information Session

Calgary Arts Development is hosting a Community Circle and Information Session on February 8, 2020 from 9:00am to 5:00pm. RSVP before January 31.

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Holiday Office Closure

The Calgary Arts Development office will be closed from December 23, 2019 to January 2, 2020. We wish you all the joys of the season and look forward to working with you again in the new year!

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Living a Creative Life

Fuelling a vital, prosperous and connected city

A photo of Brad Simm

Brad Simm

For Brad Simm, the secret ingredient to living a creative life might come down to something he describes as “dirty sound.”

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A photo of a Dorthy loom and bright colourful wool

#yycLCL December 2019

Helen Hajnoczky shared this awesome photo of her practicing on a little Dorothy loom. Read on to learn about her weaving journey and family connections.

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Lanre Ajayi points at his poppy at the Remembrance Day at Memorial Park

Remembrance Day

Visiting the ceremony at Calgary’s Memorial Park, My City Speaks To Me took a moment to reflect on the day’s meaning and capture some of the traditions.

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Lanre Ajayi at Beakerhead

Beakerhead

An exhibition of awe-inspiring artworks, and contemporary curiosities, join Lanre Ajayi for a look at Beakerhead’s Spectacle.

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Dean Paul Gibson and David Haysom working through a scene on stage at the University of Calgary

#yycLCL November 2019

A co-production with The Shakespeare Company and the School of Creative and Performing Arts, Hit & Myth shared this awesome behind-the-scenes shot.

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A photo of Harpreet Dayal against a mural in the East Village

Harpreet Dayal

An artist, learner, and believer in the power of art to build connection, cultivate love, and heal, Harpreet Dayal is the founder of the Love Notes Project.

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Lanre Ajayi speaks to a performer at GlobalFest

GlobalFest

Showcasing Calgary’s cultural diversity and artistic excellence, Lanre Ajayi swung by Alberta’s most explosive festival to get a taste of the celebration.

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

Posted withregram • downstageyyc HOCKEY THOUGHTS from Men Express Their Feelings Producer, Danielle Whyte! In elementary school I was the only girl in my class who played intramurals and I was a floor hockey assassin, but I've never held any affinity for sports that you need a jacket to watch.

Danielle is an independent filmmaker and arts manager. She’s passionate about creating space for emerging artists to develop their practice, stories that challenge social systems through a female lens, and puppies. Danielle is the co-founder of Belle of the Brawl Entertainment and the Managing Director of Downstage.
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HOCKEY THOUGHTS from Men Express Their Feelings Producer, Danielle Whyte! In elementary school I was the only girl in my class who played intramurals and I was a floor hockey assassin, but I've never held any affinity for sports that you need a jacket to watch.

Danielle is an independent filmmaker and arts manager. She’s passionate about creating space for emerging artists to develop their practice, stories that challenge social systems through a female lens, and puppies. Danielle is the co-founder of Belle of the Brawl Entertainment and the Managing Director of Downstage.
#worldpremiere #hockeyculture #malebonding #gameon #treaty7 #yyctheatre #yycart #yyclcl #newwork #play #metf2020
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AWE is Looking into the endless-depths of the ocean or at the perfect crystal structures of snow .
// AWE #7
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