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Don't miss a free screening of Sisters Apart (2020) | Photo: courtesy of Calgary European Film Festival

Free This Week

A film-filled week to start off your June

Haider Ali

  • Location Various Venues 
  • Price Free

As we inch closer to the start of summer, take a look at this week’s free arts roundup featuring various film screenings, a few markets, exhibition openings and other events to help you get out there!

Vocal Latitudes World Music Choir

May 31, 2023, 12:10 – 1pm
Cathedral Church of the Redeemer (604 1st St. SE)
Free to attend

Vocal Latitudes World Music Choir presents Songs from the Village (Kanata) as part of the ProArts at Noon series. Hear great choral works by Srul Irving Glick and Andrew Balfour, and beautiful arrangements of beloved songs by Joni Mitchell, Leonard Cohen and many more!

Farmers & Makers Markets: Beltline & Sunalta

May 31, 2023, 3 – 7pm
Central Memorial Park (1221 2nd St. SW)
June 3, 2023, 10am – 2pm
Sunalta Community Association (1627 10th Ave. SW)

Free to explore

Check out the Farmers & Makers Market at two locations this summer — among the beautiful gardens and water features of Central Memorial Park on Wednesdays, and in the inner-city residential neighbourhood of Sunalta just west of downtown on Saturdays. Each week, you’ll find dozens of local farms and producers, ready-to-eat food, live music and their free, drop-in kids arts & culture program.

U/D Night Markets

May 31, 2023, 5 – 9pm
Central Commons Park (4019 University Ave. NW)
Free to explore

Marketspot is once again partnering up with University District for U/D Night Markets, surrounded by beautiful landscaping, a stage, fire pits and more! Stop by for a chance to support over 30 local vendors and enjoy live music and entertainment.

Canadian Cinema in the New Millennium: Film Screening and Book Launch

June 1, 2023, 7pm
Globe Cinema (607 8th Ave. SW)
Free to explore

Join the UCalgary Department of Communications, Media and Film for a book launch and special film presentation of Denis Villeneuve’s Maelström (2000) as part of the Canadian Cinema in the New Millennium series, presented in collaboration with Calgary Cinematheque.

Of Vision & Light — Opening Reception

June 3, 2023, 1 – 4pm
Artpoint Gallery & Studios (1038 17th Ave. SE)
Free to attend

In this exhibition, artists Erin Freed, Dianne J Leong, Terra McDonald and George Silas use different media to communicate their visual impressions, which may be improvised, transcribed, transposed or relocated to suit their form of self-expression.

Personal Narratives — Opening Reception

June 3, 2023, 1 – 4pm
Sparrow Artspace (36 4th St. NE)
Free to attend

The essence of creating your own history lies in the experiences that shape your personal narrative. Drop by to meet artists-in-residence Veronica Funk and Ana Zanella, who are taking on the theme as Sparrow Artspace’s June artists in residence.

She Walked Away

June 4, 2023, 1 – 5:30pm
Nvrlnd Boutique (1048 21st Ave. SE)
Free to attend

Two creatives join forces for She Walked Away, an art show and book launch. Ancient forests beckon visual artist Caryl Skauge as writer and actor Lana Skauge pulls us to a new path where she decided to “walk away.”


June 5, 2023, 6pm
CommunityWise Resource Centre (223 12th Ave. SW)
Free with tickets

Rainbow Elders Calgary presents a screening of National Film Board documentary Unarchived, which follows local knowledge keepers in B.C. who are fighting for a more inclusive history, through family photos, newspaper articles and deeply rooted memories.

Sisters Apart

June 5, 2023, 6:30pm
Patricia A. Whelan Performance Hall, Central Library (800 3rd St. SE)
Free with tickets

In this film presented by the Calgary European Film Festival, Rojda, a German soldier and native Kurd, volunteers for a mission to train female Kurdish soldiers in Iraq to fight ISIS. No one must know that she is actually looking for her missing sister.

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