Free This Week

Free This Week

Coinciding wIth the launch of our new website, Event listings and Picks and Previews like Free This Week and our monthly Exhibitions roundups will be found at yycwhatson.ca, starting in April.

Don’t miss out on free arts events and activities this week ranging from an exhibition opening with Immigrant Council for Arts Innovation at the Central Library, a poetry slam at Shelf Life Books, kids-focused workshops at Esker Foundation and Contemporary Calgary, and more!

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Explore family programming at Esker! | Photo: Courtesy of Esker Foundation

Hank Knox, Harpsichord 

April 3, 2024, 12:10 – 1pm 
Cathedral Church of the Redeemer (604 1 St. SE) 
Free to attend 

This ProArts@Noon programme with Hank Knox explores some of the most extravagant and playful music for harpsichord from the 17th and 18th centuries. 
proartssociety.ca 

IAACC’s Artist in Residency — Art Exhibit 

April 3, 2024, 6 – 9pm 
Fuse33 Makerspace (1720 Radisson Dr. SE) 
Free to attend 

Join International Avenue Arts and Culture Community as it celebrates the accomplishments of six talented artists who have just completed their Artist in Residency Sponsorship program. Join them for refreshments, live artist talks, exhibit and facility tours, and more!   
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Hope and Love for Humanity — Opening Reception 

April 6, 2024, 3 – 5pm 
Calgary Central Library (800 3 St. SE) 
Free to attend, RSVP required 

Join Immigrant Council for Arts Innovation (ICAI) for the exhibition Hope and Love for Humanity. Experience a display of beautiful sculptures that inspire hope and love, and meet and greet the artist Fadi Alkhouri.  
eventbrite.ca 

NaAC Artist Tours: Storytellers 

April 4, 2024, 4 – 5pm 
Contemporary Calgary (701 11 St. SW) 
Free to attend, registration required 

Michelle “Magic” Bennie applies unconventional narratives and storytelling to the Contemporary Calgary exhibition Resistance & Respiration. Following a four-week residency, Bennie leads participants on a stimulating exhibition tour to foster new themes and connections. 
contemporarycalgary.com 

FREE First Thursdays 

April 4, 2024, 5 – 9pm 
Contemporary Calgary (701 11 St. SW) 
Free to attend, registration required 

Dive into the dynamic world of contemporary art at Contemporary Calgary. Discover the d.talks installation Let’s Talk About…Home, stop by the exhibition opening of Living Map, watch the short film Sight and sound collide! presented by Artifact Film Festival, alongside curated beats by local DJs and more.
contemporarycalgary.com 

Kids Studio & Create Together 

April 6, 2024, 11am & 3pm 
Esker Foundation 
Free to attend, registration required 

Families with children are invited to explore the vibrant world of Juan Ortiz-Apuy’s Tropicana exhibition at Esker. Through a guided tour followed by an interactive collage workshop, children will not only gain insight into Ortiz-Apuy’s artistic practice but also cultivate their own creativity. 
eskerfoundation.com 

Contemporary Kids: Dimensions, Mixed-Media and Sculpture 

April 7, 2024, 1 – 2:30pm & 3 – 4:30pm 
Contemporary Calgary (701 11 St. SW) 
Free to attend, registration required 

Inspired by the exhibition Surface by Anton Ginzburg at Contemporary Calgary, this hands-on collage workshop invites kids to explore the fun of collaborative collage, while considering ideas related to related to different dimensions, feelings and how our brain can work as an algorithm. 
contemporarycalgary.com 

Can You Hear Me Now? — Poetry Slam 

April 9, 2024, 7 – 8:30pm 
Shelf Life Books (1302 4 St. SW) 
Free to attend 

Can You Hear Me Now? is excited to be hosting an in-person monthly poetry event! Join them for their poetry open mic and slam. All ages and poetry styles are welcome. Sign-up on arrival.
shelflifebooks.ca 

Antyx Youth Programming 

Ongoing 
Various venues 
Free to participate 

Antyx Community Arts invites Youth ages 12 – 18 to participate in a number of their programs focused on providing safe spaces for creative expression, including mural projects, Youth Arts Action, The Film Lab and more! 
antyx.ca 

Have a free event that’s not listed? Email us at events@calgaryartsdevelopment.com

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