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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. 

Calgary | Mike Seehagel

Studio Bell, National Music Centre | Calgary

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Jasper Habitat for the Arts

Jasper, Alberta

The Jasper Habitat for the Arts offers travelers a look at Canadian culture through the many programs that run daily, weekly or monthly. From Saturday afternoon Sketchers walkabouts to Wednesdays hands on creating your own personal memories of Jasper through art...to multicultural nights that honour the global community that lives in and visits Jasper...there is something for everyone regardless of age or artistic skill! Films, music nights, guest speakers, writing retreats, theatre camps...Engage Explore Experience arts & culture in Jasper!

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L'UniTheatre

Edmonton, Alberta

Alberta's only professional Francophone theatre company, L’UniThéâtre, formed in 1992. L’UniThéâtre’s mandate is to contribute to the development of the francophone community and the promotion of the French language and French-language cultural expressions in Edmonton, Alberta and throughout Canada through activities related to the theatrical art form, including professional theatre, community theatre, theatre for young audiences, as well as training and development activities. L’UniThéâtre presents four professional productions a year including a theatre for young audiences tour that is performed in schools across Alberta and British Columbia.

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Honens

Calgary, Alberta

Honens sparks appreciation for classical piano through a leading international piano competition, an innovative festival and community outreach. The award-winning annual festival is a four day celebration of piano that showcases some of the world's brightest classical music stars alongside Honens Laureates through innovative performance projects and dynamic community concerts. Every three years, the Festival expands to include an international piano competition. The Honens Prize Laureate is awarded $100,000 CAN and an artist development program valued at a half million dollars—the largest prize of its kind.

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Rosebud Theatre Package

Enjoy an amazing evening at the Rosebud Theatre located just 25 minutes from Drumheller. This package provides 2 tickets to the Rosebud Theatre, 2 buffet dinner tickets during the show and an overnight stay at the Canalta Jurassic Hotel.

Expires: 2018-10-31
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5-Day Canadian Badlands Tour

Journey through the Canadian Badlands on this 5-day/4-night history and culture tour. Hike pine forest trails in the middle of the prairie, meet prehistoric dinosaurs, explore the culturally diverse city of Medicine Hat and dine on creative local dishes as you journey through southern Alberta. Tours available June to September.

Expires: 2018-09-30
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Weekend Family Admission to Brooks Medieval Faire

Knights in shining armor, jousting, games of skill and chance. All of this and more can be found at the Brooks Medieval Faire. Come out and see the largest show of its kind in western Canada! Shop in the vendor village for unique items or feast like royalty.

Expires: 2018-08-12
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Events

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A Tribe Called Red

Banff, Alberta
2018-07-29 to 2018-07-29 MST

A Tribe Called Red performs at the Banff Centre's Shaw Amphitheatre for their third year in a row! Don't miss out on this event which has sold out before! Bursting forth from Canada’s capital, A Tribe Called Red is making an impact on the global electronic scene with a truly unique sound.If you’re an indigenous person living in a country that was forcefully colonized, it’s all too common to find yourself underrepresented and misrepresented if not blatantly and systematically devalued and attacked. Positive role models and a positive self-identity are hard to come by, yet the Canadian DJ collective A Tribe Called Red is a modern gateway into urban and contemporary indigenous culture and experience, celebrating all its layers and complexity.

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Carmen in the Badlands

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

Set in Seville during the 1800s, Carmen tells the tragic story of the eponymous gypsy and the soldier she convinces to let her escape prison. Bizet's most successful opera Carmen, with its exotic Spanish setting and sordid love triangle, introduced a style of realism in opera that changed the theatre forever, and remains just as potent and relevant today. Carmen is one of the most beloved and often-produced operas in the world.

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Susan Orlean in Conversation with Philip Gourevitch

Banff, Alberta
2018-07-17 to 2018-07-17 MST

Join the Banff Center to attend Susan Orlean in conversation with award winning non-fiction writer, Philip Gourevitch. Susan Orlean is the bestselling author of eight books. She published The Orchid Thief, a narrative about orchid poachers in Florida, which was made into the Academy Award-winning film, "Adaptation." Philip Gourevitch is a long-time staff writer for The New Yorker, the former editor of The Paris Review, and the author of three books. Please visit our website for more information !

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