Creative Airdrie named a Celebration Site for Alberta Culture Days
By: Allison Chorney
| Posted: Thursday, Jul 03, 2014 02:38 pm
For the second time in only four years Creative Airdrie has been selected by the Province as one of five Feature Celebration Sites for Alberta Culture Days from Sept. 26 to 28.
“This means the Province is watching us as we truly develop a strong arts and culture community,” said Creative Airdrie Vice-Chair Sherry Shaw Froggatt in an email to Airdrie City View, adding she is both excited for and proud of the recognition.
Alberta Culture Days is celebrated in Airdrie with Culture at the Creek, a free weekend-long celebration complete with activities for all ages such as music, food, arts, cultural performances and more.
This year’s event has been expanded with the Zytech Stage, a clam-shell-style stage in Nose Creek Park, which will allow for residents to bring a blanket or lawn chair to enjoy performances from the grass.
The Zytech Stage will host musicians from SLAM (Supporting Local Airdrie Musicians) as well as Namibian singer/songwriter Garth Prince and his band, and a variety of other performers throughout the weekend.
The new stage will have extended hours from previous years and will have performances until 7 p.m. on Sept. 27, to accommodate the addition of the Airdrie Farmer’s Market Food Truck Frenzy on that day.
In addition to the performers on the Zytech Stage, there will also be roaming performers throughout the park. These are smaller scale performers such as stilt walkers or balloon animal artist, who do not require the main stage to perform their acts.
The Airdrie Regional Arts Society’s Artisan’s Alley will be back as a place for local artists to showcase and sell their work, and there will be variety of other vendors at the park throughout the weekend.
The selection as a Feature Celebration Site means Creative Airdrie will receive a $20,000 grant from Alberta Culture Days, which Shaw-Froggatt said will be used towards the Culture at the Creek weekend with a portion going towards honourariums for the various performers. “We are only one of five centres in the province to receive this amount,” she said.
In addition to the funding, Creative Airdrie will also be visited by Alberta Minister of Culture Heather Klimchuck at some point during the Culture at the Creek celebration, though Shaw-Froggatt said Creative Airdrie won’t know what area of the celebration they will showcase to the Minister until her schedule is finalized in September.
“Culture matters to the well-being of Albertans and the growth and prosperity of our province,” said Klimchuk in a press release.
“The Government of Alberta is pleased to make this seed money available to event planners, which in turn will help draw attention to our amazing local culture, as well as provide Albertans with more opportunities to engage in cultural pursuits,”
For more information on ARTember and Culture at the Creek,visit artember.ca