SkirtsAfire 2022

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SkirtsAfire 2022

SkirtsAfire 2022

March 3-13, 2022

SkirtsAfire is Edmonton's only theatre and multidisciplinary arts organization featuring women and non-binary artists. We present powerful and insightful stories to a diverse audience that is hungry to be moved by passionate performances and exhibitions.

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Arts Roundup

Arts Roundup

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The Arts Roundup provides you with the latest headlines and happenings related to arts and culture in the Edmonton region.

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Three large paintings by Yvonne DuBourdieu on a gallery wall
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Artist-run Harcourt House fights for its life

In what it calls a "do-or-die situation," Harcourt House Artist Run Centre is trying to raise $3.5 million to purchase the building it has occupied for 35 years after receiving a notice that its lease would not be renewed beyond November.

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Portraits of Celia Taylor, Joseph Halden, Bruce Cinnamon, and Domini Gee
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Story City announces a new slate of adventures

Story City's call for Edmonton stories earlier this year has resulted in a fresh batch of interactive experiences set to hit the app on Aug. 5.

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A long-haired dancer on stilts does a handstand while pointing her legs in opposite directions
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Stage-less performers meet cycling audience at dance festival

Having been without a permanent venue for more than a year, Mile Zero Dance's 2022 season has been defined by unconventional locations and site-specific performances. So it's fitting that to wrap up the dance company's festival on July 24, a roving bike audience will be invited to take in "little snippets of dance" along a six-stop route.

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A young man walks down a corridor wearing a jean jacket that says TRIBE inside a painted heart
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C-Tribe Festival aims to help 'underestimated founders'

The C-Tribe Festival is returning for the first time since 2019, showcasing tech, culture, music, fashion, and gaming over five days starting July 20.

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A smiling man carries a flag amid others waving colours
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Weekend agenda: July 15-17, 2022

This weekend offers a chance to catch some of the best improv and sketch comedy acts, view some vintage motorcycles, immerse yourself in dance, explore the diverse cultures of Africa, and learn from Asian artists.

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A garish comic book cover bears the title Hockeypocalypse, with three mutant hockey players on the ice in front of a goalie. An interior page shows the Welcome to Edmonton sign in a nuclear winter.
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B-horror and hockey meld in Jeff Martin's new graphic novel

Jeff Martin's forthcoming graphic novel will be his fifth set in the post-apocalyptic Alberta of Hockeypocalypse, but it represents several firsts.

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A performer in front of a crowd in Churchill Square
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Weekend agenda: July 8-10, 2022

Festival season continues in Edmonton with plenty to do on both sides of the river, including the return of the Whyte Avenue Art Walk to Old Strathcona following two years of modified events.

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Cute video game characters leap among basketball nets in front of a neon pink and purple backdrop
News

Game Discovery Exhibition returns to showcase growing industry

A video game that got its start at the first iteration of the Game Discovery Exhibition (GDX) will be part of the esports tournament at the resurrected version of the indie games expo at this year's K-Days.

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Old painted signs on the side of the brick Phillips Building, one advertising insurance and another wholesale dry goods
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Weekend agenda: July 1-3, 2022

This weekend kicks off with Canada Day, of course, but besides those festivities and fireworks, this long weekend offers Pride on film, historical tours of trains and ghost signs, jazz and opera, outdoor eats, and an improv book launch.

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A young man dances in an art gallery, while others watch
News

Young artists gather to explore climate change and just transition

While more people are aware of the reality of climate change than ever before, for many it remains a remote concept. But art can engage people emotionally where the fact-and-figure heavy warnings about the present ecological crisis may fail to connect, say young artists working on climate action.

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A group of cyclists at the start line of a race under City of Edmonton arches amid Melcor banners
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Weekend agenda: June 24-26, 2022

This weekend offers the opportunity to engage with Indigenous creators, cheer on some cyclists, celebrate the opening of a new community, have a real wild night, or kick off the start of JazzFest.

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A pair of happy dogs with ears up and tongues out
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Weekend agenda: June 17-19, 2022

This weekend's events include an interactive exhibit from the Indigenous artist-in-residence, a very Canadian music festival, Pride amid art, an inspiring journey to health, a collaborative theatre project, and pups!

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A blue and purple mushroom sculpture placed in long grass as part of the Game of Shrooms day
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Foraging for art offers escape from the ordinary

In the early hours of a Saturday morning, dozens of hand-crafted mushrooms cropped up around Edmonton. Cardboard polypores rooted in the brick face of an Irish pub. Stained-glass amanitas dripped off tree branches along walking trails. Knitted toadstools and psychedelic polymer caps lay in long grass, waiting for collectors – or curious passersby – to discover them.

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A crowd enjoys Sustainival rides at dusk
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Weekend agenda: June 10-12, 2022

This weekend, you can have fun while learning about renewable energy, hear some music, attend a sexy art party or a late-night drag talk show, get rid of old electronics for a good cause, or brunch with Mayor Amarjeet Sohi in support of 2SLGBTQ+ youth:

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A smiling woman stands in front of an installation at the Indigenous Art Park in Edmonton
News

'Nothing is too crazy for us': Story City seeks Edmonton pitches for app

There are stories lining the streets of Edmonton, waiting for you to step into them. An interactive storytelling app aims to immerse users in these fictional worlds crafted by Edmonton artists.

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