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Arts & Performing Arts Culture, Heritage & Arts

There’s live art and theatre year-round in Alberta. The province's stages celebrate homegrown talent and showcase world-class performances. • Theatre: In the big cities, expect top-notch productions across genres. Even in smaller centres, community theatre is alive and kickin'. • Classics, but not: See cheeky Cowtown Opera perform on the banks of the Bow River in downtown Calgary. It's opera that's totally approachable. Or listen to the Edmonton and Calgary orchestras do pop music and Tchaikovsky with equal grandeur. • Pro tip: Seek out an art opening or book reading for free cheese and wine with your local artist experience. 

Studio Bell, National Music Centre | Calgary

Arts and performing arts at the Francis Winspear Centre for Music in Edmonton

Francis Winspear Centre for Music

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Art Gallery of Alberta

Edmonton, Alberta
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Explore original contemporary and historical art exhibits at the Art Gallery of Alberta in the heart of the city’s arts district. Be sure to check out the Exhibition Highlights tours that provide insight into gallery’s prominent displays. Tours run on Saturdays and Sundays at 1:00 p.m., 2:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m.

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National Music Centre

Calgary, Alberta
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Explore five floors of exhibitions that tell the story of music in Canada, celebrate music icons at the Canadian Halls of Fame, rock out with our interactive instrument installations and sing along in our vocal booths! Everyone is welcome to Studio Bell, home of the National Music Centre.

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Nickle Galleries

Calgary, Alberta
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Located in the Taylor Family Digital Library on the University of Calgary campus, the Nickle Galleries feature three impressive exhibitions highlighting the best of contemporary art in Western Canada. Admission is free to view the displays of art, textiles, and numismatics (study of currency). The Nickle Galleries work with other departments and faculties at the university and the art, rug, and numismatic communities to promote learning, research and discovery.

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Carmen: Opera in the Badlands

Drumheller, Alberta
2018-08-04 To 2018-08-04 MST

Immerse yourself in George Bizet’s Carmen – a dramatic story of love, obsession and betrayal brought to you by Mercury Opera, Opera Classica Europa and the Badlands Amphitheatre. Soaring arias, live orchestration, Bizet’s most popular opera will fill the air of the Badlands Amphitheatre with some of his most enduring melodies. Stunning Views. There is nothing like an event at the Badlands Amphitheatre. Sitting under a great big Alberta sky surrounded by the ancient hills of Canada’s largest outdoor stage is an unforgettable experience.

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The Invisible- Agents of Ungentlemanly Warfare

Calgary, Alberta
2019-05-11 To 2019-06-09 MST

Europe, 1939. Adolf Hitler's armies are conquering nation after nation, and in the face of the Nazi threat, Canadian millionaire William Stephenson convinces Churchill and Roosevelt to combine forces in a joint covert effort. Stephenson assembles an elite team of spies, including the unlikeliest of agents: six irrepressible young women. Agents Of Influence is their story, a "spy noir musical" that seeks to answer: just who were these bold women and why would they sacrifice their very lives for a war that refused to accept them or recognize them? Catalyst Theatre, creators of the hit musical nevermore, brings another dazzling world premiere to Vertigo Theatre.

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Brooks Medeval Faire

Brooks, Alberta
2018-08-11 To 2018-08-12 MST

Come one! Come all! To the Brooks Medieval Faire. Now in its 15th year, the Brooks Medieval Faire is fun for the whole family! Come and see knights in shining armor, fair maidens and fierce battles of skill-at-arms. Peer into the tents or talk to one of the many re-enactors who bring history to life. Are you looking for something rare that simply cannot be found anywhere else? Look no further than the Brooks Medieval Faire Vendor Village. Handmade items crafted with care by skilled artisans. Maybe even take home your own shining armor! Shop for gifts or keep all your loot to yourself! Medieval themed, Viking themed or just something unusual, it can all be found here! Snacks and food trucks will be standing by with offerings that can cater to every taste and gastronomic fancy. If you want to feast like royalty, join us for the Royal Feast on Saturday, Aug. 11. No one will leave the Royal Table hungry! New for 2018. Let us treat your princes and princesses like the royalty they are in the new Kid's Kingdom!Kids can sit in the shade and make some crafts, play games for prizes, watch the shows on the kid's stage or visit Blu's Zoo petting zoo. All of this and more awaits your littlest adventurers in Kid's Kingdom. Knights of Valor Canadian Champion Shane Adams will be heating up the jousting arena this year.Come out and watch mounted combat at its most exciting, meet the jousters (and the horses) and cheer on your favorite!

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