Alberta Culture Days

Alberta Culture Days is a three-day festival that celebrates arts and culture in cities across Canada. Free, family-friendly activities are available throughout the weekend.
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Create, participate and share during Alberta Culture Days, September 30 to October 2, 2016.

All Alberta Culture Days events are listed below by date. Click on an event to learn more about it or download the Alberta Culture Days Brochure (pdf) for a complete schedule.

Friday, September 30

Art Showcase & Open House at the Immigrant Centre

Art Showcase & Open House at the Immigrant Centre
Central Block, 5000 Gaetz Avenue (east side of Scotia Bank)
10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Central Alberta Refugee Effort (CARE) and Catholic Social Services, Immigration & Settlement invite you to talk, celebrate and learn about cultural diversity in Central Alberta through multicultural art, crafts and performing arts. Live entertainment, art demonstrations and sale, cultural displays, ethnic food, facility tours and a chance to win a very special door prize. Come celebrate with us!

Contact: Jan Underwood, 403-346-8818-Extension-238; jan.underwood@care2centre.ca 
www.immigrant-centre.ca

 

Short film presentation

Short film presentation
Welikoklad Event Centre, 4922 49 Street
2 p.m.

Red Deer College presents a collection of audience friendly short films.
www.rdc.ab.ca

Opening Reception: Artribute Art School celebrates 7 years with new work by instructors and students

Opening Reception: Artribute Art School celebrates 7 years with new work by instructors and students
212, 4836 Ross Street, inside the Old Courthouse
Opening Reception: Friday, September 30, 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.

In the Main Studio: Trajectories - Galia Kwetny’s new paintings. Coded landscapes, encounters and reflections. Media are oil paintings on canvas and mixed media drawings on paper.

In the Little Gallery: Adult artists present their new work. Advanced artists (ages 12-17) present their “Peace” project and “Where in the World?” project.

Light refreshments will be served, and artists will be in attendance.

Contact: Galia Kwetny 403-872-7291; galia.kwetny@gmail.com

Celebration of Dance

Celebration of Dance
Cenovus Learning Commons, Red Deer College
Friday:  7 p.m. - midnight
Saturday:  10 a.m. - 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. - 1 a.m.
Sunday: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

This trade show event showcases all the different forms of dance in Red Deer. Watch demonstrations, participate in classes, ask questions and celebrate with us.

Contact: Rob Ironside, Country Pride Dance Club, Coordinator 403-357-0483
www.countrypridedanceclub.ca

Red Deer Reads Community Launch Party

Red Deer Reads Community Launch Party
Red Deer Public Library, Timberlands Branch, 300 Timothy Drive
7 p.m.

Join us for a night of drinks, appetizers, and entertainment as we celebrate Red Deer Reads, our city's Community Book Club. This event kicks off four weeks of Red Deer Reads programming, and will celebrate the winning graphic novel, The Outside Circle.
www.rdpl.org/programs/red-deer-reads

Faculty Selects exhibit

Faculty Selects exhibit
Welikoklad Event Centre, 4922 49 Street
7 p.m. - Free

Instructors in studio classes often use the Red Deer College Permanent Art Collection as examples and teaching resources for students. For this exhibition, each faculty member will select a few of their personal favourites from the over 1000 piece collection. Starting in September, Faculty Selects will be up throughout the year.

Contact: Peter Fielding peter.fielding@rdc.ab.ca
www.rdc.ab.ca

Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry

Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry
Welikoklad Event Centre, 4922-49 Street
7 p.m.

This documentary follows the inside story of Ai Weiwei, China's most famous international artist, and its most outspoken domestic critic. Chinese authorities have shut down his blog, beaten him up, bulldozed his newly built studio, and held him in secret detention. Against a backdrop of strict censorship and an unresponsive legal system, this dissident for the digital age expresses himself and organizes people through art and social media. (rated 14A, 91 minutes)

Red Deer College will also screen a collection of audience friendly short films starting at 2 p.m.
www.rdc.ab.ca

Opening Reception: Prairie Contemporary: An Exhibition of Central Alberta Emerging Artists

Opening Reception: Prairie Contemporary: An Exhibition of Central Alberta Emerging Artists
4525 47A Ave., Red Deer, AB
7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Lots of fun for the whole family at the Red Deer Museum + Art Gallery! Enjoy refreshments and tour the galleries.
www.reddeermuseum.com

Bull Skit Comedy presents SKETCHFEST!

Bull Skit Comedy presents SKETCHFEST!
The Scott Block Theatre, 4816 50 Ave
8 p.m.

This 2nd annual festival will bring in 9 troupes from across North America to celebrate sketch comedy talent over three days. Troupes from Edmonton, Winnipeg, Los Angeles, and Red Deer will get the chance to showcase their unique sketch abilities to Red Deer’s diverse audience.

Tickets available at www.BullSkitComedy.com The cost is $15 per person (1 Day pass) - Three day rate $30 per person
Contact: lol@bullskitcomedy.com
www.bullskitcomedy.com

Saturday, October 1

Celebration of Dance

Celebration of Dance
Cenovus Learning Commons, Red Deer College
9 a.m. - 1 p.m.

This trade show event showcases all the different forms of dance in Red Deer. Watch demonstrations, participate in classes, ask questions and celebrate with us. Hosted by the Country Pride Dance Club.

Contact: Rob Ironside, Country Pride Dance Club, Coordinator 403-357-0483
www.countrypridedanceclub.ca

Sidewalk Chalk Art Festival

Calling local artists! The deadline to apply as a sidewalk chalk artist has been extended until September 21. Download a Sidewalk Chalk Artist application form (pdf) .

Sidewalk Chalk Art Festival
Little Gaetz Ave & Ross Street
12 noon – 4 p.m.

Stroll through downtown Red Deer to witness original works of art as they are created by talented local artists. World-renowned chalk artist Ian Morris will be featured on the west end of the Ross Street Patio. Fun and creative kid’s activities will take place in and around the chalk art.

Contact: Greg Stafford, The City of Red Deer Culture Services: 403-309-4091 greg.stafford@reddeer.ca

Pop-Up Gallery Show & Sale

Pop-Up Gallery Show & Sale
Presented by the Red Deer Arts Council and the Central Alberta Retired Teachers' Association (CARTA)
The Hub on Ross, 4936 Ross Street
11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The Red Deer Arts Council and the Central Alberta Retired Teachers’ Association (CARTA) present a pop-up gallery show and sale of original artwork. Artist demonstration (Sun Daze Cyanotypes and Solargrams) with Robin Byrnes and kids activities highlight the event. 

Contact: Diana Anderson, 403-348-2787, info@reddeerartscouncil.ca

Sun Daze: Cyanotypes and Solargrams

Sun Daze: Cyanotypes and Solargrams
The Hub on Ross, 4936 Ross Street
11 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Meet Robin Byrnes in the public gallery where you can learn about the history and processes involved in this unique art exhibit - 21st century technology meets 20th century “Pop” and 19th century cyanotype photographic process. Weather permitting, Ms. Byrnes will demonstrate using cyanotype process with sun exposure and visitors will have the opportunity to make-&-take a small cyanotype print. Participants should budget 25 minutes to make their prints.

Contact: www.reddeerartscouncil.wordpress.com

Heritage and Public Art Comes Alive

Heritage and Public Art Comes Alive
Corner of Ross and Gaetz by Reverend Gaetz ghost sculpture
12 noon – 4 p.m.

The City of Red Deer Heritage and Public Art representatives will be hosting a display showcasing public art and heritage programs. Want to learn more about our ghosts and the places they frequented? Check out the heritage and public art information booth.

Contact: Janet Pennington; janet.pennington@reddeer.ca or
Pat Matheson; pat.matheson@reddeer.ca

CAIWA's Open Doors

CAIWA's Open Doors
110, 5017 49 Street
1 p.m. - 4 p.m.

The Central Alberta Immigrant Women's Association (CAIWA) opens its doors to celebrate Alberta Culture Days with our downtown neighbours. Featuring coffee and tea from around the world, cultural displays, music and dancing. Come and join in the fun and share your culture with us.

Contact: 403-341-3553

BEADSbeCAUSE

BEADSbeCAUSE
The Hub on Ross, 4936 Ross Street
1 p.m. – 4 p.m.

Repurposed beads and jewelry will be available for sale at remarkable prices. Proceeds will support the Smiles Thru Lindsey Foundation which provides financial help to young adults experiencing mental illness.

Contact: Diana Anderson, 403-348-2787, info@reddeerartscouncil.ca

Artribute Art School celebrates 7 years with new work by instructors and students

Artribute Art School celebrates 7 years with new work by instructors and students
212, 4836 Ross Street, inside the Old Courthouse
12 noon – 4 p.m.

In the Main Studio: Trajectories - Galia Kwetny’s new paintings. Coded landscapes, encounters and reflections. Media are oil paintings on canvas and mixed media drawings on paper.
In the Little Gallery: Adult artists present their new work. Advanced artists (ages 12-17) present their “Peace” project and “Where in the World?” project.

Contact: Galia Kwetny 403-872-7291; galia.kwetny@gmail.com

Steamroller Print Event - CANCELLED

Note: This event has been cancelled. 

Steamroller Print Event
Welikoklad Event Centre parking lot, 4922-49 Street
11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Watch as huge woodcuts are inked and printed by steamroller! This is an initiative to bring together students, artists and the community in a cooperative event that celebrates Red Deer's arts and cultural communities. The Steamroller Print Event is a collaborative project between Red Deer College’s School of Creative Arts and The Centre for Innovation in Manufacturing, The Red Deer Native Friendship Society and The City of Red Deer.

In the event of inclement weather, this event will be held in the Sorensen Station Parkade, 4914 48 Avenue.

Contact: Marnie Blair, MarnieABlair@hotmail.com

MAGnificent Saturdays presents: Come down and Klimt yourself

MAGnificent Saturdays presents: Come down and Klimt yourself
Red Deer Museum + Art Gallery, 4525 47A Avenue
1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Be inspired by Austrian Artist Gustav Klimt. You will have the opportunity to paint a Klimt style painting around your own portrait. These paintings will be hung on our Stewart Discovery Room Gallery Wall as part of an exhibit in the museum. Drop-in art-making for the whole family!

www.reddeermuseum.com

Live Music Downtown

Live Music Downtown
Ross Street Patio
4 p.m. – 6 p.m.

Enjoy live music by the Claude Godin Groove Ensemble on the Ross Street Patio.

Short film presentation

Short film presentation
Welikoklad Event Centre, 4922 49 Street
2 p.m.

Red Deer College presents a collection of audience friendly short films.
www.rdc.ab.ca

Faculty Selects exhibit

Faculty Selects exhibit
Welikoklad Event Centre, 4922 49 Street
7 p.m. - Free

Instructors in studio classes often use the Red Deer College Permanent Art Collection as examples and teaching resources for students. For this exhibition, each faculty member will select a few of their personal favourites from the over 1000 piece collection. Starting in September, Faculty Selects will be up throughout the year.

Contact: Peter Fielding peter.fielding@rdc.ab.ca
www.rdc.ab.ca

Art & Copy

Art & Copy
Welikoklad Event Centre, 4922-49 Street
7 p.m.

In this fascinating feature-length documentary, director Doug Pray reveals the work and wisdom of some of the most influential advertising minds of our time. Since the creative revolution of the 1960s, artists and writers have brought a surprisingly rebellious spirit to their work in an industry known for pandering and manipulation. Featuring the brilliant campaigns behind everything from cars to presidents, Art & Copy takes us inside the powerful machine of advertising and brings to light the profound influence the industry enjoys by tapping into the zeitgeist of popular culture.
Rated 14A, 88 minutes.

Contact: Peter Fielding, peter.fielding@rdc.ab.ca
www.rdc.ab.ca

Bull Skit Comedy presents SKETCHFEST!

Bull Skit Comedy presents SKETCHFEST!
The Scott Block Theatre, 4816 50 Ave
8 p.m.

This 2nd annual festival will bring in nine troupes from across North America to celebrate sketch comedy talent over three days. Troupes from Edmonton, Winnipeg, Los Angeles, and Red Deer will get the chance to showcase their unique sketch abilities to Red Deer’s diverse audience.

Tickets available at www.BullSkitComedy.com The cost is $15 per person (1 Day pass) - Three day rate $30 per person.
Contact: lol@bullskitcomedy.com
www.bullskitcomedy.com

Join Central Alberta Refugee Effort (CARE) for an exciting event showcasing stories of local refugees!

Join Central Alberta Refugee Effort (CARE) for an exciting event showcasing stories of local refugees!
Welikoklad Event Centre, 4922-49 Street
7 p.m. to 11 p.m. (tentative end time)

This exciting and unique performance is a collaboration of many artists to creatively tell the stories of local refugees through a variety of artistic media.

Contact: Jan Underwood, 403-346-8818-Extension-238; jan.underwood@care2centre.ca
www.immigrant-centre.ca

Sunday, October 2

Norwegian Laft Hus Open House

Norwegian Laft Hus Open House
Heritage Square, 4402 - 47 Avenue (behind the Recreation Centre and Red Deer Museum + Art Gallery)
10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Come learn about Norwegian culture and learn some Norwegian language. View our artifacts, try a Norwegian treat, or witness the creation of a Norwegian folk art. We have a small Butikk (store) where hand-crafted Norwegian art can be purchased. We are the log house with the sod roof in Heritage Square and look forward to giving you a tour of one of Red Deer's best kept secret locations.

Contact: norwegianlafthus@gmail.com

Celebration of Dance

Celebration of Dance
Cenovus Learning Commons, Red Deer College
10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

This trade show event showcases all the different forms of dance in Red Deer. Watch demonstrations, participate in classes, ask questions and celebrate with us. Hosted by the Country Pride Dance Club.

Contact: Rob Ironside, Country Pride Dance Club, Coordinator 403-357-0483
www.countrypridedanceclub.ca

Artribute Art School celebrates 7 years with new work by instructors and students

Artribute Art School celebrates 7 years with new work by instructors and students
212, 4836 Ross Street, inside the Old Courthouse
12 noon – 4 p.m.

In the Main Studio: Trajectories - Galia Kwetny’s new paintings. Coded landscapes, encounters and reflections. Media are oil paintings on canvas and mixed media drawings on paper.
In the Little Gallery: Adult artists present their new work. Advanced artists (ages 12-17) present their “Peace” project and “Where in the World?” project.

Contact: Galia Kwetny 403-872-7291; galia.kwetny@gmail.com

Alberta Culture Days in Red Deer is proudly presented by these partners:

  • Red Deer Arts Council
  • Red Deer College Arts Centre & Red Deer College
  • Red Deer's Public and Catholic Schools
  • Red Deer Public Library
  • The City of Red Deer Heritage and Public Art and Culture Services sections
  • Central Alberta Retired Teachers Association
  • Red Deer Visual Artists
  • Red Deer Cultural Heritage Society
  • Central Alberta Women's Immigrant Association (CAIWA)
  • Central Alberta Refugee Effort (CARE)
  • The Hub on Ross
  • The Scott Block
  • Celebration of Dance Committee led by Country Pride Dance Club
  • Artribute Art School
  • Red Deer Downtown Business Association
  • Against the Wall Theatre
  • The Red Deer Museum + Art Gallery