Airdrie gets set for Alberta Culture Days, ARTember
ARTember is gearing up to take over the city as the 17-day celebration of arts and culture helps celebrate Alberta Culture Day from Sept. 13 to 29.
What started as a three-day art and culture extravaganza that ran in conjunction with Alberta Culture Days – a provincial initiative to help promote Alberta’s heritage – has now grown into a yearly event.
“Why would we stay with three-days? We wanted to celebrate how Airdrie is growing as an art centre,” said Sherry Shaw-Froggatt, Creative Airdrie’s vice chairman.
“So we decided to do 17 days instead and now we include Alberta Culture Days in ARTember.”
This year, ARTember will kick off on Sept. 13 and run until the 29th. The event will feature everything from family fairs, painting workshops, a dance workshop, karaoke nights, comedy night and free rail journeys at Iron Horse Park.
“Every single day we have something arts-and-culture related going on,” said Shaw-Froggatt.
To celebrate Alberta Culture Days, ARTember will be hosting Culture at the Creek, Sept. 27 to 29 in Nose Creek Park, and will feature three-days of family friendly activities.
On the schedule for Sept. 27 is CARTember a show and shine from the Airdrie Travellers Club, Craftwars – a friendly competition to create the best possible looking space crafts and an Art Pavilion.
This year, ARTember will feature 1,000 Random Acts of Art a new initiative that focuses on getting residents to visit the festival’s website (www.artember.ca) to share their art activity – everything from doodling on a piece of paper to attending an art class – which will enter them in the draw for an iPhone 5.
Also new this year, is the Airdrie Dance Convention featuring Calgary-native Lukas McFarlane, an international dance sensation.
“Having a professional dancer come to Airdrie is a fantastic opportunity for the dance students in town. Lukas is a magnificent dancer and I know he has a lot of experience to share,” said Alisa Bialas, event coordinator for ARTember.
“I am thrilled to be a part of such a monumental event for the Airdrie dance community and can’t wait to see the huge turn out of students.”
McFarlane is a dancer/choreographer as well as winner of the 2013 U.K. Got to Dance Competition.
The Airdrie Dance Convention 2013, will be held at Genesis Place, and participants can register or purchase tickets on McFarlane’s website at www.dancewithlukas.eventbrite.ca
The cost is $50 for two full days of dance, or $30 for the Sept. 28 full day convention and $20 for the master class.
Shaw-Froggatt said organizers are looking for volunteers to make sure the festival runs smoothly.
To submit your random act of art, visit www.artember.ca
To volunteer with ARTember, email email@example.com