Alberta Culture Days

Red Deer's Alberta Culture Days delights visitors and residents alike with this wonderful, eclectic mix of arts and culture events to attend and participate.

Red Deer's Alberta Culture Days 2017 will be held on September 29 to October 1st. Watch for details coming in the late summer of 2017.

Alberta Culture Days began in 2008 as Alberta Arts Day, a one-day event to recognize the value of Alberta's arts and cultural communities. There were 100 events held in 30 communities across the province, and a flagship celebration at the Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium in Calgary.

Since then, it has expanded into a vibrant, three-day, province wide celebration that has helped inspire the creation of Culture Days - a pan-Canadian movement to raise the awareness, accessibility, participation and engagement of all Canadians in the arts and cultural life of their communities.


Alberta Culture Days 2017 tentative event schedule

as of August 23, 2017
* Indicates an admission fee is required to attend. All other activities are free.

Friday, September 29

School Performances andArtists-in-the Schools
Events happen all day at various schools andthe Red Deer College Arts Centre

Presented by the Red Deer Arts Council:Theatrical performances for Elementary School children at the Red Deer College ArtsCentre allows students to access the actor & Magician Steve Harmer with aquestion and answer session following his performance of The Friendship Factor. Artists in the Middle and High Schools getthe students involved in all the arts from visual to literary to performing.These school based events are not open to the public.

Contact:Diana Anderson, Coordinator 403-348-2787; email- info(at)reddeerartscouncil.ca


*Hootenanny under the Big Top!
GoldenCircle, 4620-47 A Avenue - 5:00 p.m.

Comecelebrate this Community event - Canada 150 and the Golden Circle’s 40thAnniversary. Doors open at 5:00 p.m. with BBQ beef on a bun with all thetrimmings, music by The Reflections,50/50 draw, cash bar, door prizes. Tickets are $25 each and available atthe Golden Circle.

Contact:Diane Lester, Volunteer/Program Coordinator Ph: 403-343-6074 ext. 108,dlester(at)goldencircle.ca www.goldencircle.ca


Central Alberta Film Festival - CAFF 2017 Film Re-runs
The Snell Auditorium, Red Deer Public Library(Downtown) 4818 - 49th Street, 5:30p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

Whatspeaks of Culture in our country more than watching films and eating popcorn?

Join usto celebrate the art of cinema. The work of many local film makers and artistswill be showcased

plusyou will get a taste of the CAFF film festival experience. There’s nothing elselike it!

Contact:Tanya Mullakady info(at)cafilmfestival.ca 403-347-2627


Film presentations by Motion Picture Arts
Welikoklad Event Centre, 4922 49 Street - 7:00 p.m. screening

MotionPicture Arts of Red Deer College presents a collection of audience friendlyshort films.

Contact: PeterFielding peter.fielding(at)rdc.ab.ca


Red Deer Reads Community Launch Party
Red Deer Public Library, Dawe Branch at 56 Holt Street - 7:00 p.m.

Join us for a night of drinks, appies, and entertainmentas we celebrate Red Deer Reads, our city's Community Book Club with the winningtitle, We're All in This Together byAmy Jones. This event kicks off four weeks of Red DeerReads programming. As well, you can register for free library cards tocelebrate Canada 150.

Contact: Briana Ehnes behnes(at)rdpl.org; www.rdpl.org/programs/red-deer-reads


Selected Prints from the Red Deer College Permanent ArtCollection
WelikokladEvent Centre, 4922 49 Street - 7:00 p.m.

TheRed Deer College Permanent Art Collection houses over 1,000 individual piecesof art in media ranging from painting to bronze sculpture to drawings andphotographs. While the collection has a diverse range of artists from all overthe world, it does focus on Canadian artists and specifically Albertan artists.This selection is focusing on Canadian Printmakers.

Contact: Peter Fielding peter.fielding(at)rdc.ab.ca www.rdc.ab.ca


Opening Reception: Keepsakes of Conflict: Trench Art & Other Canadian War-RelatedCraft
Red Deer Museum + ArtGallery, 4525 47A Avenue - 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

Organized and circulated by the Moose Jaw Museum & Art Gallery. Trench artis defined as any item made by soldiers, prisoners of war and civilians, fromwar material or any other material associated with armed conflict. Thisexhibition presents a diverse range of objects, from metalwork and carving tojewelry and embroidery. Enjoy refreshments and tour the galleries.

Contact: www.reddeermuseum.com


*Bull Skit Comedy presents SKETCHFEST!
The Scott Block Theatre, 4816 50 Ave - 8:00 p.m.

The 3rd annual festival will bring introupes from across North America to celebrate sketch comedy talent over threedays. Troupes from Toronto, New York, Edmonton, Winnipeg, LosAngeles, and Red Deer will get the chance to showcase their unique sketchabilities to Red Deer’s diverse audience.

Tickets available at www.BullSkitComedy.com

Contact: lol(at)bullskitcomedy.com www.bullskitcomedy.com


*Scott Price PianoRecital at RDC!
Mainstage, RedDeer College Arts Centre - 8:00 p.m.

In cooperationwith the Alberta Piano Teachers Association, guest pianist Scott Price presentsan evening of virtuosic piano music. Tickets can be purchased through BlackKnight Inn - https://tickets.blackknightinn.ca/

Contact: Peter Fielding peter.fielding(at)rdc.ab.ca

Saturday, September 30

Celebration of Dance
Knox Presbyterian Church - 4718 Ross Street - 10:00a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Come and check out this Trade Show style event whichwill showcase many different styles of dance available in Red Deer. Therewill be information booths, demonstrations and workshops on the hour throughoutthe day.

Rob Ironside, Coordinator (403) 357-0483 or www.countrypridedanceclub.ca

Norwegian Laft Hus Open House
Heritage Square, 4402 - 47 Avenue - 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Come learn about Norwegian culture and learn someNorwegian language. View our artifacts, try a Norwegian treat, or witnessthe creation of a Norwegian folk art. We have a small Butikk (store)where hand-crafted Norwegian art can be purchased. We are the log housewith the sod roof in Heritage Square and look forward to giving you a tour ofone of Red Deer's best kept secret locations.

Contact: norwegianlafthus(at)gmail.com

Canada 150 Art Jam with the City of RedDeer-Culture Services!
City Hall Park and Ross Street Patio - 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Comeenjoy live entertainment on our Diversity stage, try your hand at some naturecrafts and activities, visit the Red Feather Women’s Community Tipi, and evenexplore your inner rapper at our interactive rap booth! We have somethingfor the whole family.

www.reddeer.ca/AlbertaCulture Days

Contact: Caryn Ouwehand - Caryn.Ouwehand(at)reddeer.ca

Hip Hop & Rap on the Ross Street Patio withRico Martinez & Ms.Teaze
Ross Street Patio - 10:00 a.m. – 4:00p.m.

The City of Red Deer is pleased to host ahip hop & rap workshop with Ms. Teaze & Rico Martinez of the Pound ItHip Hop Studio. Open to all ages.

Contact: Caryn Ouwehand, Special Events Programmer 403-348-5078 caryn.ouwehand(at)reddder.ca
www.reddeer.ca/AlbertaCultureDays

Pop-Up Gallery Show & Sale
Presented by the Red Deer Arts Council and the Central Alberta Retired Teachers' Association (CARTA)

Hub onRoss, 4936Ross Street - 11:00a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

The Red Deer Arts Council and theCentral Alberta Retired Teachers’ Association (CARTA) present a pop-up galleryshow and sale of original artwork. Artist demonstration and kidsactivities highlight the event.

Contact: Diana Anderson, 403-348-2787, info(at)reddeerartscouncil.ca

ArtistExhibit and demo with Rae MacDonald and music tosoothe the soul!
The Hubon Ross, 4936 Ross Street - 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Closing Reception and Demonstration with artist RaeMacDonald. Rae works with liquid acrylics in an abstract design.

The Hub is also pleased to present piano music withartists throughout the afternoon. (to be announced)

Contact: Jason Steele, Jason.Steele(at)gov.ab.ca.

BEADSbeCAUSE - The Ross Street Jewelry Project
The Hub On Ross , 4936 Ross Street -11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Jars of Beads for artisans on sale with allproceeds going towards the local charity for Suicide Prevention- SmilesThru Lindsey Foundation. Locally made jewelry and up-cycled Jewelrywill also be on sale for the cause.

Contact: Jason Steele, Jason.Steele(at)gov.ab.ca.

Live Model Drawing at Artribute Art School
212,4836 Ross Street, inside the Old Courthouse - noon to 2:00 p.m.

Comeand join us as we present a live model for this drop-in drawing class.

Contact: Galia Kwetny 403-872-7291; galia.kwetny(at)gmail.com

Central Alberta Film Festival - CAFF 2017 Film Re-runs
The Snell Auditorium, Red DeerPublic Library(Downtown) 4818 - 49th Street, 12:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.

What speaks of Culture in ourcountry more than watching films and eating popcorn?

Join us to celebrate the art ofcinema. The work of many local film makers and artists will be showcased

plus you will get a taste of theCAFF film festival experience. There’s nothing else like it!

Contact: Tanya Mullakadyinfo(at)cafilmfestival.ca 403-347-2627

CAIWA's Open Doors
110, 5017 49 Street - 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

The Central AlbertaImmigrant Women's Association (CAIWA) opens its doors to celebrate AlbertaCulture Days with our downtown neighbours. Featuring coffee and tea from aroundthe world, cultural displays, music and dancing. Come and join in the fun andshare your culture with us.

Contact: 403-341-3553

MAGnificent Saturdays Presents: Drawing HighlandDancers
Red Deer Museum + ArtGallery, 4525 47A Ave. Drop-in 1:00 p.m.- 4:00 p.m.

We have a special artactivity planned just for Alberta Culture Days weekend! We will have theamazing experience of being able to draw dancers, Highland Dancers!

Today'sMAGnificent Saturdays will be free to attend incelebration of Alberta Culture Days. reddeermuseum.com

Behind Closed Doors –Art Collection Tour
Red Deer Museum + ArtGallery, 4525 47A Ave. 1:00 p.m. - First Tour

Join us for a behind the scenestour of the MAG art collection. Maximum 8 people per tour and tours occur everyhalf hour; last tour starts at 3:30pm. Due to limited space tickets will beavailable on a first-come first-served basis at the front desk starting at 12pmon September 30th.

Contact: reddeermuseum.com

Selected Prints from the Red Deer College PermanentArt Collection
WelikokladEvent Centre, 4922 49 Street - 7:00 p.m. - Free

TheRed Deer College Permanent Art Collection houses over 1,000 individual piecesof art in media ranging from painting to bronze sculpture to drawings andphotographs. While the collection has a diverse range of artists from all overthe world, it does focus on Canadian artists and specifically Albertan artists.This selection is focusing on Canadian Printmakers.

Contact: Peter Fielding peter.fielding(at)rdc.ab.ca www.rdc.ab.ca

Film presentations by Motion Picture Arts
Welikoklad Event Centre, 4922 49 Street - 7:00 pm screening

MotionPicture Arts of Red Deer College presents a collection of audience friendlyshort films.

Contact: PeterFielding peter.fielding(at)rdc.ab.ca

*Bull Skit Comedy presents SKETCHFEST!
The Scott Block Theatre, 4816 50 Ave - 8:00 p.m.

The 3rd annual festival will bring introupes from across North America to celebrate sketch comedy talent over threedays. Troupes from Toronto, New York, Edmonton, Winnipeg, LosAngeles, and Red Deer will get the chance to showcase their unique sketchabilities to Red Deer’s diverse audience.

Tickets available at www.BullSkitComedy.com

Contact: lol(at)bullskitcomedy.com www.bullskitcomedy.com

JoinCentral Alberta Refugee Effort (CARE)for an excitingevent showcasing stories of local refugees!
Welikoklad Event Centre,4922-49 Street - 7:00 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.

This exciting and unique documentary film was a collaborationof many artists to creatively tell the stories of local refugees through avariety of artistic media. The film will showcase the action of making theperformance and its background details.

Contact:Jan Underwood, 403-346-8818-Extension-238; jan.underwood(at)care2centre.ca

www.immigrant-centre.ca

Sunday, October 1

Just a Few Lines: Performance by Paul Boultbee
Red Deer Museum + Art Gallery, 4525 47A Ave. 2:00 p.m.

Join us for “Just a Few Lines”, based on the journals, letters, and stories of Canadian soldiers. “Just a Few Lines” has been created by local actor and artist, Paul Boultbee, who will also perform the piece.

Contact: reddeermuseum.com

*Bull Skit Comedy presents SKETCHFEST!
The Scott Block Theatre, 4816 50 Ave - 8:00 p.m.

The 3rd annual festival will bring in troupes from across North America to celebrate sketch comedy talent over three days. Troupes from Toronto, New York, Edmonton, Winnipeg, Los Angeles, and Red Deer will get the chance to showcase their unique sketch abilities to Red Deer’s diverse audience.

Tickets available at www.BullSkitComedy.com

Contact: lol(at)bullskitcomedy.com www.bullskitcomedy.com

* Indicates an admission fee is required to attend. All other activities are free.

Alberta Culture Days in Red Deer is proudly presented by these partners:
The events will be co-hosted by many community partners including, City of Red Deer Culture Services, Red Deer College Arts Centre & Red Deer College, Red Deer's Public and Catholic Schools, Red Deer Public Library, Central Alberta Retired Teachers Association (CARTA), Red Deer Visual Artists, Red Deer Cultural Heritage Society, Central Alberta Women's Immigrant Association (CAIWA), Central Alberta Refugee Effort (CARE), Norwegian Laft Hus Society, The Hub on Ross, the Scott Block, Country Pride Dance Club, Artribute Art School, Against the Wall Theatre, Red Deer Downtown Business Association, Golden Circle and the Red Deer Museum + Art Gallery.


IMPORTANT NEWS FROM 2016

Alberta Culture Days was a success by all accounts and the stats gathered are impressive -15 partners put on over 28 events!

Red Deer Arts Council hosted 1315 students in 8 schools with 9 artists over the course of AB Culture Days week. We hosted artist Dianna David at Red Deer College for a performance for 906 students from 4 schools on Friday, September 30th.

Our numbers gathered for who attended the events are:

  • Sept 30, Friday - 3115 people
  • October 1, Saturday - 1332 people
  • October 2, Sunday - 279 people

28 public surveys were completed and overall they thought the event(s) were of value and loved the fact it was free and family friendly.

But the most interesting and exciting stats say that as a group, we supported/employed 545 artists during the 3 days which represented 62.85% of our joint budget with the City of Red Deer. Red Deer Arts Council by itself employed a total of 20 artists! WOW!!!! This should knock your socks off!

Please Alberta Culture and Tourism, continue to support this worthwhile event! Your funding does make a difference in our community!