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Check out a bevy of new works by local artists at the Stage It Festival! | Photo: Courtesy of Downstage

Free This Week

Don't miss out on these free arts offerings

Haider Ali

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It’s shaping up to be a great week to experience some local art with two festivals, new exhibitions and a whole lot more to explore in this week’s free arts roundup. Don’t miss out!

A Voice Recital by students of Winston Noren

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

Featuring music of Donizetti, Faure, Puccini, Vaughan Williams, Amy Beach and more! This concert represents a wide range of styles from the French Baroque to present-day America, touching on the many emotions of love.

FascinAsian Film Festival

May 10 – 14, 2023
Calgary Central Library (800 3rd St. SE)
Select events are free to attend with tickets

The FascinAsian Film Festival showcases Asian contributions to film and media. This festival platforms both emerging filmmakers and seasoned professionals. Beyond the films, you can also enjoy cultural experiences including performances and food.

Artist Tour & Opening Reception: Gwen MacGregor: Treelines – Here and There

May 11, 2023, 4:30 – 8pm
Nickle Galleries, University of Calgary (2500 University Dr. NW)
Free to attend

Gwen MacGregor’s installation Treelines — Here and There brings together photographs and videos with a forest of crocheted trees — altering perspectives and toying with memory, loss and environmental degradation.

The Living Sea

May 11 – 21, 2023
Glenbow at the Edison (Suite #220, 150 9th Ave. SW)
Free to explore

The Living Sea — Fragile Beauty, an exhibition featuring the work of Prince Hussain Aga Khan, celebrates the beauty and magic of the ocean, testifying to some of the most enthralling and surprising encounters the photographer has experienced.

Stage It Festival

May 11 – 14, 2023
Motel Theatre, Arts Commons (225 8th Ave. SE)
Select events are free to attend with tickets

Downstage’s Stage It Festival features two new productions — Kindling and Secret Saloon — and a special event featuring performances of Good Grief! and Ride or Die, as well as a local arts market that will include local music acts and vendors.

Alberta Escape Artists Spring Art Show & Sale

May 12 & 13, 2023, 1 – 8pm
Uplands Recreation Centre (20 Hawkside Rd. NW)
Free to explore

Alberta Escape Artists invite you to their Spring Sale and Show to browse and buy art from local artists Janet Armstrong, Martin Cochrane, Anne McGillvary and many more. All the while, enjoy the atmosphere and win fabulous door prizes.

Opening Reception: Lemay & Oomen

May 13, 2023, 2 – 5pm
Wallace Galleries (500 5th Ave. SW)
Free to attend

Celebrating mom with flowers! Robert Lemay and Hilda Oomen come together, each with their own approach and perspective on flowers in this exhibition. Join artist Robert Lemay for the opening reception!

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