Sneak Peek: Calgary Stampede

Inject Local Art into your Western Revelry

By Amy Jo Espetveidt, Calgary Culture
July 1, 2015

Art might not be the first thing that comes to mind when you think of the Calgary Stampede but just steps from the hustle and bustle of the Midway there’s a creative sanctuary.

Wander the grounds and it’s pretty easy to get caught up in the festival energy. After all, the Calgary Stampede is a pretty spectacular affair. But there's more to the annual celebration than bright lights, intoxicating aromas and rumbling chucks. The Western Oasis highlights the Stampede’s purpose—to preserve and celebrate our western heritage, cultures and community spirit. And it makes a great retreat in the heart of the party.

Here you can discover art, music, crafts, food and wine in an indoor garden setting. If you haven’t spent an afternoon nestled away in Halls D and E of the BMO Centre, make 2015 the year to do so.

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Invest YYC Spotlight: Peep—A Puppet Play About the Flood

Green Fools Theatre lost its venue and thousands of dollars of materials and art in the 2013 flood. Devastating to so many, they responded to the great physical and emotional toll the best way they knew how—through their art.

Peep is a mask, puppet and music show about a mouse who loses her home and is separated from her brother by a sudden flood. As she tries to find her way back to her brother she comes across other animals who are dealing with the aftermath of the flood.

The play has themes of community environmentalism, teamwork and courage. The project is currently in the design phase with construction, sound design and rehearsal to be completed before the play premieres in September 2015.

Learn more and donate is an exciting new crowdfunding website designed to assist local artists and non-profit arts, culture and heritage organizations by creating a space where their strongest, most inspiring work can be supported by people like you. Make a meaningful gift of time or money to support creativity in Calgary!

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