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Free This Week

Free finds to start off your February

Haider Ali

  • Location Various Venues 
  • Price Free

From live music to lectures to film screenings, you’ll find no shortage of events to check out and get your February rolling. Read our roundup of free events — and don’t miss everything Calgary’s arts scene has in store this week!

Chinook Blast

Until February 12, 2023
Various venues
Select events are free to attend or explore

Experience the magic of Chinook Blast, Calgary’s winter festival celebration. From night markets to live music to light installations, the best of Calgary’s arts community is on display!

Cello-Piano Duo

February 1, 2023, 12:10 – 1pm
Cathedral Church of the Redeemer (604 1st St. SE)
Free to attend

Take in a lunch-hour concert by renowned cellist Beth Root Sandvoss and pianist Susanne Ruberg-Gordon. One Yellow Rabbit’s Denise Clarke also joins in to present a movement work to the music of Arvo Pärt’s Spiegel im Spiegel.

Travelling with Feminist Killjoys

February 1, 2023, 11am – 12:30pm
Online or in-person at Illingworth Kerr Gallery (1407 14th Ave. NW)
Free to attend or stream

In this lecture, Sara Ahmed reflects on her experience writing her forthcoming book, The Feminist Killjoy Handbook, and gives us some of the resources and skills we need to navigate an unjust world.

Winter Exhibitions Opening

February 2, 2023, 5 – 9pm
Nickle Galleries, University of Calgary (2500 University Dr. NW)
Free to attend, registration required

Join Nickle Galleries to celebrate the opening of their Winter exhibitions: David Garneau: Métissage, The Birth of Portraiture: Alexander The Great and His Successors, and After Holbein – Turkish Carpets and the Tudors.

Free First Thursdays X Exposure Festival Launch Party

February 2, 2023, 5 – 9pm
Contemporary Calgary (701 11th St. SW)
Free to attend, registration required

Celebrate the launch of the 19th edition of the Exposure Photography Festival and enjoy a late-night gallery experience during Free First Thursdays at Contemporary Calgary.

Sculpt — Artist Reception

February 3, 2023, 6 – 9pm
Framed on Fifth (1207 5th Ave. NW)
Free to attend

As part of the Exposure Photography Festival, Framed on Fifth brings Sculpt, in which Lee Nordbye explores the Canadian Rockies from the valley floor to the summits of its magnificent peaks.

Land is Home — Winter Opening

February 4, 2023, 12 – 3pm
Inglewood Bird Sanctuary (2425 9th Ave. SE)
Free to attend

Indigenous art exhibit A Time for Stories includes 2D, 3D and sound artworks by Shirley Hill, Amy Hill and Sonny-Ray Day Rider. Join the artists and curator for the opening event to experience storytelling, activities and art for the whole family.

My Brother Chases Dinosaurs

February 6, 2023, 6:30 pm
Calgary Central Library (800 3rd St. SE)
Free to watch, tickets required

This film is based on a true story of 22-year-old Giacomo Mazzariol and his special family, told by the young man himself in the successful book of the same name — this falls somewhere between a family movie and a coming-of-age tale.

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