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The Social Distancing Festival

The Social Distancing Festival is an online community made to celebrate and showcase the work of the many artists who have been affected COVID-19 shutdowns. Run by Nick Green in Toronto, it includes a calendar of live-streams from around the world—there are even local groups.

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Location: Online ArchiveFree
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#CanadaPerforms is a short-term relief fund launched by Facebook Canada and the National Arts Centre to help ease the financial strain for Canadian artists and authors impacted by COVID-19. Each day sees multiple streams to check out and local artists include Ellen Doty and Mariel Buckley. Don’t miss it.

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Location: Facebook LiveFree
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Quarantine International Film Festival

Created by two local filmmakers, this international film festival is dedicated to you and your spare time during the COVID-19 pandemic. With a top 40 playlist now available, check out the best films exploring the theme Bear/Bare. Go see what these creatives have accomplished.

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Location: YouTubeFree
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Empathy Week

Empathy Week is curated by Humainologie and is a community initiative with numerous Calgary partner organizations and individuals coming together to host a variety of events. It is a seven-day digital festival of events that promote empathy, human connection, and the recognition of our shared humanity.

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Location: OnlineFree
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Calgary Ukrainian Festival

Calgary Ukrainian Festival celebrates its 11th anniversary with its first ever virtual festival, connecting people as a community and sharing their love of Ukrainian culture online. The lineup includes virtual performers, a physically distant kitchen Zabava, workshops, and more!

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Location: Stream OnlineFree
IGNITE! Festival of Emerging Artists Hyperspace Edition poster

IGNITE! Festival of Emerging Artists

Presented via a festival-at-a-distance model, don’t miss the Hyperspace Edition. We may be spatially distanced, but like entangled particles, there is no severing our social and artistic connections. There are worlds to explore and adventures to encounter—together.

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Location: Stream OnlineTo Be Announced
Okotoks Film Festival poster

Okotoks Film Festival

The Okotoks Film Festival is live-streaming online this year. A pass gets you access to the entire four day program and you can take advantage of the opening night special which gets you a festival pass, as well as beer and popcorn delivered to your door for Okotoks residents. You can even see the popular 48-Hour Filmmaking Challenge.

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Location: Stream OnlinePrices Vary
Calgary Underground Film Festival poster

Calgary Underground Film Festival

Throughout the seven-day online event, you’ll discover unique independent and genre films streaming in Alberta for the first time, shorts packages, Q&As with filmmakers, programmer intros, and interactive experiences. Stay tuned as the lineup is announced in early June.

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Location: Stream OnlinePrices Vary
A poster for the 2020 Calgary Pride Festival

Calgary Pride Festival

Leading up to and during the 30th anniversary of Calgary Pride week, watch performances from Canada’s best and brightest LGBTQ2S+ artists, diversity workshops, community newscasts, and interviews, all free to the public. Viewers can even comment and meet with one another from a safe distance.

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Location: Stream OnlineFree
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Fiesta Filipino

Fiesta Filipino offers the biggest, most exciting, and most colourful celebration of multiculturalism and diversity in Alberta. A wonderful gathering of food, music, dance, cultural showcase, and craft booths, Fiesta Filipino is a multi-genre delight which also provides a platform for artists and groups.

Showtime: 12:00pm – 11:00pm
Location: Olympic Plaza (228 8th Ave. SE)Free


Contact Calgary Arts Development’s communications team at 403.264.5330 ext. 211 or by email at events@calgaryartsdevelopment.com.

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