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Individual Artist Program

Supporting individual artistic practices, applications open on September 24, 2019 for Phase 2 artists.

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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 photo of Beach Season

Beach Season

The National Music Centre continues its Alberta Spotlight series for another fantastic season. Local duo Beach Season explore the intersection between R&B and electronic pop music. Trust us, you won’t want to miss it.

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The audience at the Calgary International Film Festival

Calgary International Film Festival

The year was 2000 and the first Calgary International Film Festival was attended by 8,000 people over six days. Now, 20 years later, it showcases over 200 of the most compelling films of the year.

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A photo of Alison Norlen’s Glimmer (Zeppelin)

Free This Week

A huge week in Calgary’s arts community, it brings dozens of free offerings thanks to The City of Calgary, Calgary ArtWalk, Beakerhead, and many more. So, grab your calendar and start planning—it’s going to be a busy one!

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A photo of an astronaut on the Skipping Stone Bridge

Beakerhead

Full of surprise and delight, this smash-up of art, science, and engineering has tons of events that you can explore. Look for eclectic workshops, spectator-pleasing shows, and unique school field trips. It all wraps with a signature finale.

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The cast of No Change in the Weather

No Change in the Weather

After eight successful weeks of shows in St. John’s, Corner Brook, Kitchener, Hamilton, and Ottawa, this incredible production comes to Calgary. Don’t miss this one-of-a-kind musical from Newfoundland and Labrador.

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A promo photo of Mump & Smoot

Calgary Clown Festival

A rare opportunity to explore the not-so-serious art of clowning and challenge the perception of what it is, this new festival is sure to have you laughing and questioning everything you know about clowns.

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A photo of Stafford Perry and Nathan Kay

Strangers on a Train

Based on the celebrated novel by Patricia Highsmith made famous by the classic Alfred Hitchcock film, this high-stakes thriller opens the season at Vertigo Theatre. Sure to have you on the edge of your seat, you won’t want to miss this one.

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An aerial performer at the Circle Carnival

Circle Carnival

Gleaming with glittering gold alongside wondrous performing artists, delicious food and drinks, fun for the entire family, and spellbinding music, Circle: The Traveling Food, Beer and Music Carnival returns with an expanded lineup.

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The cast of 8ROJO's The Lost Hours

The Lost Hours

Based on the childhood memoirs of Salvador Dalí and his sister Ana María, The Lost Hours simulates a dark ride through a unique interactive environment for a single audience member at a time. Catch its Calgary debut as part of Beakerhead.

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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

ActiveCITY Summit

Calgary Arts Development believes there are parallels between the creative economy and the active economy, and we would love to see artists be part of this year’s ActiveCITY Summit. Register today!

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Office Closure

The Calgary Arts Development office will be closed on September 2, 2019 for Labour Day. We hope you have a full and fun long weekend with your friends and family. Our office reopens on September 3.

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Spaces Workshops

Are you new to renting out your space? Experienced but want to up your marketing skills? Have a board that is concerned about liability? Participate in an upcoming free workshop. Space is limited.

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Office Closure

The Calgary Arts Development office will be closed on August 5, 2019 for Heritage Day. We hope you have a full and fun long weekend with your friends and family. Our office reopens on August 6.

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Calgary’s Creative Industries

A 2019 report by the Conference Board of Canada confirms Calgary’s creative industries contribute substantial economic and social impacts to the city and the province. Read the keyfindings here.

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New Board Members

With five new board members including a new chair, Calgary Arts Development would like to welcome Brian Frank, Sophia Lebessis, Kathleen McNally-Leitch, Chima Nkemdirim, and Caitlyn Ducasse.

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Living a Creative Life

Fuelling a vital, prosperous and connected city

A photo of Joni Delaurier holding a guitar and leaning against a classic car

Joni Delaurier

Growing up in Swan River, Manitoba, in a musical-minded home, Joni Delaurier, like a lot of bright but isolated Canadian kids, needed an escape hatch.

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A painting of pink flowers created by Sania Dsilva

#yycLCL July 2019

Lucky enough to have an artistic outlet to practice mindfulness, Sania Dsilva shared a photo of this piece created during her 100-day project.

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Lanre Ajayi at Olympic Plaza

Canada Day

Canada Day has come and gone but Lanre Ajayi has some beautiful moments to share with you. Enjoy this special edition of My City Speaks To Me.

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Crescent Heights Community Association shows off a mural on the the corner of 8th Avenue and 1st Street NE

#yycLCL June 2019

One of five intersection murals soon to be completed in the community, the Crescent Heights Community Association shared this awesome shot.

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Youth pose for a photo at the WordsWorth summer camp

WordsWorth

A summer camp for language lovers, WordsWorth participants use the Kananaskis woods to fuel imaginations as they write the stories of their lives.

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A photo of Wunmi Idowu

Wunmi Idowu

The founder and director of Woezo Africa Music & Dance Theatre, Wunmi Idowu began performing traditional African dance styles at the age of three.

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

Who’s excited about the weekend? We are, because questtheatrecalgary is back at this Saturday’s market! . . Posted withrepost • questtheatrecalgary Wacky hats, cardboard costumes, funny props and amazing puppets to pose with! Come dress up at our deliriously delightful Quest Theatre Photo Booth, and we’ll be happy to take a picture of you with your own phone. We will be at the cspacekingedward Farmers & Makers Market this Saturday from 10-3pm. We will have our famous candy buffet for you to indulge in and temporary tattoos! See you there! - Be brave enough to help Quest spread the word about our upcoming production of Flibbertigibbet’s Story Exhibit by posting your photo to social media (Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter). If you tag us, we’ll enter you into a draw to win a family pack of 4 tickets to Flibbertigibbet’s Story Exhibit at the location of your choice! -⁠⠀ A free drop-in event by Quest Theatre, Calgary's professional theatre for young audiences, in collaboration with farmersmakersmarket ⁠⠀ .⁠⠀ .⁠⠀ .⁠⠀ #questtheatre #questcalgary #yycarts #calgaryarts #artsalberta #ab #yyc #calgary #local #calgaryism #calgarynow #yycmoms #yycdads #yycfamily #exploreyyc #exploreab #yycliving #yyclcl #calgarytoday #capturecalgary #sharecalgary #innercityyyc #calgaryisbeautiful #yycevents #yyclife #yycmarkets #mardaloop #farmersmakersmarket visitmardaloop ...

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TOMORROW, we open! TONIGHT, we preview #TheTempestYYC 🌊🍃🧚🏼‍♀️ TICKET LINK IN OUR BIO! ...

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