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Free This Week

Get into some art this January

Haider Ali

  • Location Various Venues 
  • Price Free

January continues with Year of the Rabbit celebrations, exhibition openings throughout the city and live music to check out. Take a gander at what’s free in the arts this week!

John Vooys

January 18, 2023, 12:10 – 1pm
Cathedral Church of the Redeemer (604 1st St. SE)
Free to attend

The ProArts@Noon Concert Series presents singer-songwriter John Vooys, who’s set to perform a selection of his own music and several familiar folk and jazz numbers, with special attention to the theme of mountains and rivers.

Nickle@Noon Talk with Patti Pon

January 19, 2023, 12 noon – 1pm
Nickle Galleries, Taylor Family Digital Library, University of Calgary (410 University Court NW )
Free to attend

At this in-person Nickle@Noon talk, Patti Pon, President and CEO of Calgary Arts Development will share how the organization is working to support and encourage creative graduates to stay and live a creative life in Calgary.

Annie MacDonell: The Beyond Within — Opening Reception

January 19, 2023, 5 – 8pm
Main Hall, Alberta University for the Arts (1407 14th Ave. NW)
Free to attend

Join Illingworth Kerr Gallery for the opening reception of Annie MacDonell’s The Beyond Within, which juxtaposes text, drawings and photographs sourced from early psychedelic trials.

Winter Exhibitions Opening

January 20, 2023, 6 – 9pm
Esker Founation (4th floor, 1011 9th Ave. SE)
Free to attend

Join Esker Foundation for the opening of its winter 2023 exhibitions: The Visitors and Interiors. Drop by, explore the galleries and enjoy a cash bar and delicious food from Lina’s.

Chinese New Year Festival

January 21 & 22, 2023, 11am – 6pm
Calgary Chinese Cultural Centre (197 1st St. SW)
Free to attend

Chinese New Year Festival celebrates the Year of Rabbit in Calgary’s Chinatown with lion and dragon dances, live performances, light and art installations, cultural experiences, a lunar new year’s market and much more!

Lunar New Year Celebration Concert

January 22, 2023, 1:30pm
Eckhardt-Gramatté Hall, Rozsa Centre, University of Calgary (206 University Ct. NW)
Free to attend

Inspired by the Chinese zodiac legend, the UCalgary School of Creative and Performing Arts invites you to The Twelve Chinese Zodiac Animals — the world premiere of 12 new works by award-winning composer Vincent Ho, performed by alumni and students of the piano program.

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