Experience 30 days of arts and culture with Calgary Culture Days events
Calgary Culture Days runs from September 1 to 30 with a full lineup of arts and cultural events to experience in the city. The month-long celebration showcases Calgary’s arts scene with events that highlight the many cultures in our city featuring local talent. Calgary Culture Days are aligned with Alberta Culture Days and National Culture Days which are celebrated annually to increase awareness, accessibility, participation and engagement of Canadians in the arts and cultural life of their communities.
“We are very excited to present, with our partners, three Culture Days events where everyone is invited to enjoy a positive and inspiring experience with Calgary’s diverse range of cultures through arts and recreation,” says Jennifer Thompson, The City of Calgary Manager for Arts and Culture.
The City has partnered with Arts Commons to present lunch time entertainment Wednesdays at noon in Olympic Plaza. Starting September 8 with an Elder Blessing from Sheldon First Rider at 11:45 a.m., all are welcome to join ArtsXpeditions for weekly live entertainment shows. (The Sept. 1 performance has been cancelled due to poor weather).
In the spirit of community collaboration and celebration of Calgary’s cultures, the Culture Days Drum Circle is relying on public participation alongside a diverse group of multicultural musicians. Artists are invited to play a variety of drums and percussion instruments, and connect through rhythm and music. All are invited to this event at Unity Park on International Avenue from 12:30 – 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, September 18.
The City has also collaborated with Colouring It Forward Reconciliation Society (CIFRS) to host Culture Days: Pokaiks-the Children on September 25 at Olympic Plaza. Showcasing Indigenous culture, this family-friendly event will foster reconciliation through the arts. All are invited to join the CIFRS’s third Annual Orange Shirt Day event, featuring a walk down Stephen Avenue starting at 9:30 a.m. followed by a FREE event on the Plaza from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. featuring Juno award winner Celeigh Cardinal, speakers from the community, and traditional dancing.
There are many cultural events and activities happening around the city throughout September – from the Honens Festival’s free open air concert at Central Memorial Park, to the Multicultural Fall Festival at the Calgary Chinese Cultural Centre and the Calgary Interpnational Film Festival (CIFF) that runs Sept. 23 – Oct. 3.
For a complete listing of events visit Calgary.ca/CultureDays.