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Information About COVID-19

Pertinent information about the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) for the Calgary arts sector.

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Nominations Open

Calgary Arts Development is establishing a community working group on diversity, inclusion, and accessibility.

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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Win a Copy of Sea Dreams

Calgary’s professional chamber choir Luminous Voices is celebrating the release of its newest album, Sea Dreams. Coming from Leaf Music, enter before 12:00pm on August 4, 2020 for a chance to win a copy.

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Canada Day

It might feel a bit different but that doesn’t mean you can’t celebrate Canada Day with amazing local talent and incredible events! Canada Day goes online thanks to offers from The City of Calgary, Fort Calgary, and the Calgary Public Library.

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Romeo & Juliet

One of Calgary’s summer traditions, Shakespeare by the Bow moves into the virtual sphere in order to bring audiences this beloved tale. Watch as the young star-crossed lovers meet their fate straight from the comfort of your home.

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Calgary Underground Film Festival

Elevating Calgary’s cultural landscape with the best in international independent cinema, the 17th Calgary Underground Film Festival returns with an eclectic lineup you can enjoy from a safe distance.

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IGNITE! Festival of Emerging Artists

With fresh faces and an entirely distanced format, the 15th annual IGNITE! Festival of Emerging Artists returns with a stellar lineup of 14 original productions across four series of performing arts.

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Tomorrow’s Child

Adapted from the Ray Bradbury story by Matthew Waddell, Eric Rose, and David van Belle, Vertigo Theatre and Ghost River Theatre have joined forces to bring this critically-acclaimed audio experience to an online audience.

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Fairy Tales Queer Film Festival

As the 22nd annual Fairy Tales Queer Film Festival opens, things are going to look a bit different. For starters, it’s taking place in your own living room! You can even watch 38 LGBTQIA2S+ stories from 14 countries.

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International Jazz Days Festival

Get ready, one jazzy party is about to begin in your own home! Moving into the digital sphere, Calgary’s own JazzYYC collective is heading online with this month-long festival in partnership with Jazz Home Delivery.



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.

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.


Discussion Paper

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 first 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.


Community Working Group

Calgary Arts Development is establishing a working group to help ground our work, structures, and strategies on equity, diversity, inclusion, and accessibility. Nominations are due August 14, 2020.


Shaw Pride Marches On

Shaw, in partnership with Calgary Pride, The City of Calgary, and Calgary Arts Development, seeks the participation of four LGBTQ2S+ or BIPOC artists or artist teams with public art experience.


Long Weekend

While our offices have been closed to the public since March 16, 2020, Calgary Arts Development will be taking a long weekend. All staff will be off on August 3, 2020 for Heritage Day.


Chinook Blast

With over 55 partners from the arts, non-profit, neighbourhood, tourism, and sport sectors collaborating, Chinook Blast is a six-week winter festival that celebrates our diverse communities.


Anti-Racism Virtual Town Hall

On July 15, 2020, Calgary Arts Development held its latest anti-racism virtual town hall exploring what is working, what isn’t working, and what you would like to see changed in our programs.


Living a Creative Life

Fuelling a vital, prosperous and connected city

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Episode 3

Calgary is full of authentic people expressing their individual creativity. Join Adora Nwofor as we showcase some of those individuals.

A screen cap from the Living a Creative Life web series of Michael Dargie in his studio

Episode 2

Filmmaking isn’t new. But doing so during a global pandemic is. Tune in to see what local filmmakers have been up to on the next episode.

A screen cap from the Living a Creative Life web series, #yycLCL

Episode 1

As a salute to the thousands of Calgarians who are living creative lives, this new web series celebrates creative living in our city.

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Louise Day

Always writing about meaning and purpose as an aging senior, Louise Day is the president and producer of the Seniors Acting Lab.

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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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#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.

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

Watercolour abstract patterns. I love coming out to paint and enjoy the sun, the sound of the wind its just so peaceful and relaxing

What are you upto to today?

Patrón abstracto en acuarela y tinta sobre papel. Me encanta salir y pintar en mi patio, disfrutar del sol 🌅 del sonido del viento es tan relajante...

Y tu? Que andas haciendo hoy?

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"My favorite part about Youth Singers rehearsals is seeing all my friends and teachers faces, the jokes we make together, and hearing how everyones is doing" - Micah, SENIOR HI Performer

#youthsingers #youthsingersofcalgary #myYSC #yycsingers #calgarysingers #yycarts #yyckids #yycmoms #yycliving #yyclife #calgarylife #yyclocal #yycmusic #calgaryarts #calgarymoms #familyfuncalgary #calgarymusic #yyctheatre
#yycdance #abarts #yyclcl #onwiththeshow

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// DO YOU LOVE US? TELL US WHY! // Springboard Performance wants to know more about what you love most from our events at containR as well as the rest of our Springboard activities. If you’ve been to an event from the list below, tell us what you loved about it by filling out the short survey through the LINK IN OUR BIO. The information you share with us will help us refine our programming and communications. No need to respond to all - simply fill out those that apply to you!⠀

- containR Art Park⠀
- Open Mic Nights on Tuesdays⠀
- Latin Musc Nights on Wednesdays ⠀
- Mural art at the containR ⠀
- Permaculture Gardens⠀
- Fluid Fest⠀
- Interrarium⠀

Thank you so much - we appreciate it greatly!

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My eye is always spotting things of wonder as I move through my day. I’m working on the intention of capturing these moments in photos.
I call this series Catastrophic Beauty
Through the day to day human consumption and the desire to continually improve our surroundings - our creature comforts leave behind a wasteland of disposed potential.
I can see my own home renovation on this heap of concrete which towers our city, but just on the city limits so we don’t have to see the cost of our growth.
I can see beauty in its roadway. As we drove it’s long meandering path to the top of concrete mountain I observed so much beauty in its form and skill.
I feel an impending responsibility- I always have. When running the water too long. When adding too much soap to my hair. When uneaten food spoils.
#catastrophicbeauty #yyc #alberta #earthscape #artinliving #photographthemoments #yyclcl #yycart #concretedisposal

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