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What's On in Calgary

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

Cherish Violet Blood in Deer Woman

Free This Week

The leaves might be mostly off the trees but Calgary’s arts community has plenty of colourful options for you to check out for free this week! From powerful, online theatre productions to live and in-person concerts, there’s something for everyone.

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October Exhibitions

While autumn is in full swing, the month of October always brings a plethora of visual arts programming to Calgary’s arts community. From new shows and workshops to a ton of socially distanced show and sales, there’s so much to see!

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Free This Week

A new week brings some serious change as September wraps up and October sees a bunch of new and free events to check out. From concerts to talks to art shows, get out of the house this week and explore these offerings.

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Calgary International Film Festival

Bringing together more than 175 films in-person and 60 virtually online, Calgary International Film Festival offers a lineup of the year’s most ground-breaking and must-see movies in a hybrid formula.

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A photo of books in the the Parks Pat Mystery series

Free This Week

Despite some cancellations and postponements, the first week of fall brings a plethora of free arts and culture events to check out including book launches, outdoor concerts, workshops, and so much more. Plan to check these out!

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Deimon Slagg and Val Duncan in Digby and Glass

Free This Week

The calendar is so full this week, we have no idea where to start. From Culture Days programming to streaming live theatrical performances, end your summer with a bang and check out these amazing—and free—events.

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Calgary Expo: Limited Edition

Come in cosplay, or come as you are! With a special three-day celebration of all things pop culture, we’re giving away a pair of weekend passes so you can let out your inner nerd and geek out at Calgary Expo: Limited Edition.

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Two pianists play 176 Keys at the Honens Festival

Free This Week

If you want to get out of the house and not break the bank, Calgary’s arts community has you covered. With a post-long weekend lineup, this week brings a mix of talks, music, markets, screenings, and so much more! Read on to learn more.

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A painting in the CIFRS Indigenous Art Exhibit

September Exhibitions

There’s a certain crispness in the air which can only mean one thing—Calgary’s visual arts happenings are ramping up again. From art crawls to new exhibitions to special, hands-on programming, read on to find out what’s on this September.

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Research

Useful information about Calgary Arts Development and the sector

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.

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Wave 6 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 sixth wave of results is now available.

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Announcements

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.

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Office Closure

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 October 11, 2021, for Thanksgiving.

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Office Closure

While our offices have been closed to the public since March 16, 2020, Calgary Arts Development staff will be off on September 30, 2021, to observe the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation.

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Commitment to Equity Virtual Town Hall

The commitment to equity virtual town hall that was previously scheduled on September 28, 2021, has been postponed. Stay tuned for more details and a new date.

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Living a Creative Life

Fuelling a vital, prosperous and connected city

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#yycLCL August 2021

After a tragic year reignited her focus on her art career, Jessica Semenoff shared this awesome capture of a painting she made on a solo hike.

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Episode 21

This city is bursting with creativity! Adora Nwofor sits down with some amazing Calgary creatives and gets a behind-the-scenes look at their process.

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Perpetual Atife

Perpetual Atife is constantly carving expressive means to weave pieces of her life’s experiences and dreams into an open box of treasure—her music.

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Keshia leads Quest Theatre campers through a scene

#yycLCL July 2021

Capturing a creative moment during summer camp, Quest Theatre shared this photo of instructor Keshia leading a group of campers through a scene.

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Pushkala Subramani

For Pushkala Subramani, creativity is like a bud that is inside all of us. With children, its bursting to blossom—all it takes is a kindling of self-confidence.

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Adeola “Tola” Adedipe and Adora Nwofor talk poetry and identity on a park bench

Episode 20

Join Adora Nwofor as she celebrates Calgarians who are living authentic lives and pursuing dreams through community and creativity.

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A sketchbook painted with colourful clouds and a paper airplane

#yycLCL June 2021

Visual and fibre artist, community activator, and social change maker, Stephanie Banszky shared this shot of her daily sketchbook practice.

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Episode 19

Adora Nwofor is back with more stories about artists and groups continuing to create and share their work with Calgarians.

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Agnes Chen

For Agnes Chen living a creative life means seeking out unique opportunities to connect community to stories of hope and resilience.

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#yycLCL May 2021

Chad Budyk is an award-winning strength and conditioning coach but, in his free time he likes to make pictures. These are some of his tools.

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Chantal Chagnon drumming by the river

Episode 18

Observing National Indigenous History Month, we are pleased to share this very special episode of Living a Creative Life featuring Aisinna’kiiks.

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Alex Sarian

Coming to Calgary via New York City, Alex Sarian has worked with artists and arts organizations in 15 countries spanning five continents.

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

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Ghost Stories YYC Presents - A Symphony of Darkness

Coming Nov 5-7, 2021

A collection of macabre tales visualized by Canadian Fine Artists.

More details soon.

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