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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. 

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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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Smudge Art Studio

Lethbridge, Alberta
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Smudge is award winning art school providing art classes, parties, camps, painting workshops, paint and sip evenings and even team building workshops to artists aged 2+. We are dedicated to the meaningful art education and skill development to artists in the Lethbridge area, all while encouraging individual choice and creation. At Smudge, we believe that in order to create great art, you've got to get a little messy and have a lot of fun!

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Citadel Theatre

Edmonton, Alberta
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When the lights dim and the heavy red curtains swing open, you can expect an evening immersed in laughter, excitement, raw emotion and pure entertainment. A five-theatre multi-purpose complex in the downtown Arts District, the Citadel is Canada’s biggest and busiest regional performing arts centre.

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