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Glow Downtown Winter Light Festival

The Calgary Downtown Association (CDA) will host its inaugural winter light festival in Calgary from February 17 to 20, 2017 over the Family Day long weekend. We are reaching out to all creative minds inviting you to add your flare to Calgary’s downtown urban core in an illuminated, transformative and interactive new light.

Glow provides an opportunity for designers to contribute to art making in Calgary in the way we look at our city with light during, what is traditionally, the darkest and coldest month of the year. We also reflect on light as a sense of well-being, with respect to both the economic health of a city centre, and an individuals state of mind. Installations will be placed throughout the downtown on both public and private civic spaces negotiated by the CDA.

All works will be connected using the unique Plus15 skywalk network and two festival hubs that will be central gathering locations. The majority of all work will be displayed outdoors in unprotected areas that may be inclemently affected with snow, rain, chinooks and sub-zero temperatures. Some indoor, public locations may be available. All varieties of works may be proposed, and all are welcome to submit. Submissions will be assessed on their visual interest, conceptual interpretation, and innovative qualities above and beyond their merit for technical and site specific detailed planning. Pre-existing works are welcome with proof of budget expenses.

Performers and performance art that uses light as a medium, or incorporates light into their art are also welcome to apply for the Friday and Saturday evening events. Please email for more information. Submissions will be assessed and selected by an advisory Jury, then reviewed by our technical team who will determine viability of installation requirements and ideal placement. Shortlisted applications will be notified for any additional consultation by email. Award announcements will be made September 1, 2016.

For more information on the application process please email

Application Deadline: June 30, 2016, 4:00pm