Recent stories about festivals

An artist poses in front of a large outdoor mural that depicts flowers, athletes, artists, and more.
arts festivals

KDays adds artist in residence AJA Louden

Explore Edmonton has chosen AJA Louden as the first-ever artist in residence for KDays as part of its efforts to bring Edmonton's culture to the forefront of the fair.

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A smiling woman stands in a bookstore, holding a book titled "We Need to Do This."
arts books

New book maps history of women's shelter movement in Alberta

The Alberta Council of Women's Shelters has published a book that shares the previously untold stories of those who created refuges for women and children escaping abuse.

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A large crowd of people is gathered at Churchill Square for Cariwest Festival.
arts festivals

Summer festival safety measures evolve, but not out of fear

Security at summer festivals evolved this year, but not because of a fear of violence, despite a general narrative that the city is less safe.

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arts events

StreetFest prioritizes safety for 2023 edition

The Edmonton International Street Performers Festival and The Works Art & Design Festival have teamed up for a second year at Churchill Square, with safety for everyone top of mind.

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A drummer, guitarist, and bassist perform on stage under green lights. In the centre, the guitarist is mid-leap with her legs kicked out in opposite directions.
arts business

Purple City renews focus on downtown Edmonton

Purple City Music Festival will move its outdoor programming to Edmonton's core this year as part of a renewed focus on downtown vibrancy.

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Courtney Brown holds a blowing device up to a replica dinosaur skull. There is an image of the dinosaur's full skeleton on the wall.
arts music

Festival of new music goes way, way back

Musician Courtney Brown will bring the past to the present by playing a replica dinosaur skull at New Music Edmonton's annual festival this month.

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business downtown

Downtown vibrancy funds largely spent on festivals and public safety

The city councillor representing Edmonton's core is happy with the way funding for the Downtown Vibrancy Strategy has been spent so far, but would like to see future funds go towards more permanent initiatives.

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arts film

Rainbow Visions brings filmmaker back to Edmonton to share wrestling love

Some of Ry Levey's fondest memories involve watching Stampede Wrestling in Edmonton in the 1980s. So it's going to feel particularly sweet to come back to the city to screen his documentary about the hidden history of LGBTQ wrestlers at the Rainbow Visions Film Festival.

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arts festivals

New film festival showcases women's work

Edmonton has given birth to another festival — the Broad View International Film Festival debuts in November to amplify the voices of female filmmakers.

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