Image of still from the film Invisible of a man standing on stage facing an empty theatre
Catch a screening of Ignas Jonynas' Invisible | Photo: Courtesy of Calgary European Film Festival

Free This Week

March opens with a fresh slate of free events

Haider Ali

  • Location Various Venues 
  • Price Free

From live demos to exhibition tours to talks from acclaimed speakers, this week’s roundup of free arts happenings has got it all. You can’t go wrong with any of these events to start off your March!

Be Their Voices

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

This ProArts@Noon concert features composer and conductor Bijan Maysami joined by Greg Goldenberg, Omid Ebadi and Anastassiia Alexander for a show that includes traditional Persian instruments.

Beyond Diversity: Practical Approaches to Systemic Change and Transformation

March 1, 2023, 7:30 – 8:30pm
Online or in-person at Nickle Galleries, University of Calgary (2500 University Dr. NW)
Free to attend

The UCalgary Department of English’s 2023 Paget/Hoy Speakers Series presents Jael Richardson, author of The Stone Thrower and the founder of the Festival of Literary Diversity in Brampton, Ontario.

Nicke at Noon — Claudia Chagoya: Making Space for Grief

March 2, 2023, 12noon
Nickle Galleries, University of Calgary (2500 University Dr. NW)
Free to attend

This artist talk focuses on gender violence and the disruption of grieving processes in relation to violent deaths. Claudia Chagoya’s artwork invites the community to mourn together and enable social engagement.

Exhibition Opening — X Free First Thursdays

March 2, 2023, 5 – 10pm
Contemporary Calgary (701 11th St. SW)
Free to attend, registration required

Join Contemporary Calgary in celebration of the Charles Stankievech: The Desert Turned to Glass exhibition opening while you explore their galleries, connect with Antyx Community Arts Hip-Hop Club and more!

Art for Ukraine

March 3, 2023, 5pm
Jamieson Place (2nd floor, 308 4th Ave. SW)
Free to attend, tickets required

Local artist Carol Cowan has generously donated 50 pieces of her art to go up for silent and live auction with 100 per cent of proceeds going to Ukrainian Canadian Congress — Alberta Provincial Council.

Residue — Reception and Artist Talk

March 3, 2023, 7 – 9pm
Alberta Printmakers Main Gallery (4025 4th St. SE)
Free to attend

Join Alberta Printmakers for an artist talk and closing reception for Residue, a collaborative installation by Andrew Testa and Guillermo Trejo who are are interested in the in-between spaces of printmaking.

Robyn Maynard

March 3, 2023, 7pm
Patricia A. Whelan Performance Hall, Calgary Central Library (800 3rd St. SE)
Free to attend, registration required

In this exclusive talk, Robyn Maynard, University of Toronto Assistant Professor and author of the CBC Best Book of 2022, Rehearsals for Living, discusses the intersections of writing, activism and social justice.

Live Print Demo with Guillermo Trejo

March 4, 2023, 12 – 2pm
Alberta Printmakers Main Gallery (4025 4th St. SE)
Free to attend, registration required

Join Alberta Printmakers in studio where exhibiting artist Guillermo Trejo demonstrates and discusses his approach to monoprinting, which mixes the printmaking with drawing and incorporates alternative materials.


March 6, 2023, 6:30pm
Calgary Central Library (800 3rd St. SE)
Free to attend, registration required

Ageing dancer Jonas pretends to be blind to become a TV star, but before the lie is exposed, he has to face his past crimes. Check out this screening of Invisble from Lithuanian director Ignas Jonynas.

TOUR – Kaia MacLeod: Indigenous Art in the TFDL

March 6, 2023, 11am
Taylor Family Digital Library, University of Calgary (410 University Ct. NW)
Free to attend, registration required

Join librarian Kaia MacLeod for an intimate tour of the recently acquired collection of art by Treaty 7 artists installed on each floor of UCalgary’s Taylor Family Digital Library.

Creating Stillness Book Launch & Art Show

March 7, 2023, 6:30pm
Nvrlnd Boutique (1048 21st Ave. SE)
Free to attend

Join local author Rachel Rose in celebrating the launch of her book Creating Stillness. The evening features a reading by the author and local art by a talented group of artists whose work showcases creativity and wellness.

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