Image of 1920s authors Salverson & Reeve
Learn about two early 20th century Calgary authors | Photo: courtesy of Chinook Country Historical Society

Free This Week

Discover these free arts finds!

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  • Location Various Venues 
  • Price Free

Take in a music festival, enjoy Korean cultural performances and learn about two 1920s Calgary authors — all in our roundup of free offerings for the coming week!

Harmony Guzheng Ensemble

May 17, 2023, 12:10 – 1pm
Cathedral Church of the Redeemer (604 1st St. SE)
Free to attend

The Guzheng, also known as the Chinese zither, is a traditional Chinese stringed instrument that has a history of more than 2,000 years. Check out a noon-hour concert by the Calgary-based Harmony Guzheng Ensemble!

Discovering Asian Performing Arts

May 20, 2023, 1 – 5pm
The GRAND (608 1st St. SW)
Free to attend with tickets

The GRAND in partnership with musician Jiajia Li, presents a multi-disciplinary show, featuring South Korean dance artists Mibok Kim and Minho Kang, Calgary’s own Japanese taiko ensemble “Yama no oto” and the eclectic local Chinese music ensemble Gailan Ensemble.

Moby We Care Music Fest

May 20, 2023, 2 – 10pm
Fort Calgary (750 9th Ave. SE)
Free to attend

This festival features live music from 11 artists, local food and drink pairings, beer gardens, giveaways and discounts. Attendees can also participate in the “Punch-a-Pro” boxing activation and network with local businesses.

Korean Cultural Heritage Festival

May 21, 2023, 5 – 8pm
Bella Concert Hall, Mount Royal University (18 Mount Royal Cir. SW)
Free to attend with tickets

The Korean Art Club invites you to come together for a drive-in art musical experience, featuring traditional Korean dance and other performances from South Korean artists. This will be a special event where people can learn about Korean traditions.

Salverson & Reeve

May 23, 2023, 7pm
Patricia A. Whelan Performance Hall, Central Library (800 3rd St. SE)
Free to attend with registration

Far from publishing centres in the east, two writers of 1920s Calgary competed for attention. Join storyteller Karen Gummo and literary historian Shaun Hunter for a lively conversation about the lives of two compelling women intent on literary success.

Summer Songs on Stephen Ave

Stephen Ave (8th Ave. SE)
Free to attend

Support live local music on Stephen Ave this summer supported by the Calgary Downtown Association. Check out the Stagehand website for the full schedule as well as other free concerts around the city!

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