This post was last updated on July 26th, 2016
Calgary has a surprising diversity of arts and culture – Many of the things you’ll see here can’t be seen anywhere else in the world.
Unique Public Art
Lots of towns and cities have public art on display, but Calgary has some of the best, most visually stimulating art you’ll see in Canada. Businesses and artists come together to create a visually rich environment, the local public art events are free, and you’ll meet some of the friendliest people ever here.
Calgary has a diverse local crowd, with a booming Chinese culture. Even if there aren’t any festivals going on, there are permanent fixtures you can visit, like the Alberta College of Arts and Design., located in the city on the North Hill. The Alberta Theatre Projects consists of a children’s theatre with a mandate to present new Canadian plays emphasizing prairie life and the history of the area, for children.
Calgary’s Artists’ Society is yet another venue worth checking out, and the Calgary Fringe Festival combines local, national, and international productions.
Speaking of festivals, Calgary loves them. The local government views them as an essential element in creating a complete community. The experiences create significant value for visitors. Canada Day, Recreation New Year’s Eve Family Dance Party, and the Alberta Culture Days Kick-Off Celebration are the big events for the year.
Perhaps one of the biggest reasons people move and visit Calgary is for the diversity. If you want to get a good idea of what it’s all about, window shop these Calgary condos for sale. You’ll see that, even in small communities like condo communities, there’s an incredible diversity of people – most of whom are active adults who either can’t, or don’t want to, have the responsibilities of a traditional single-family home.
There’s so much going on here that many people living in the city either rent or opt for HOA communities so they don’t have to keep up their property themselves.
The mandate in the city is to foster an environment that values diversity and supports inclusive equitable access to all of the City’s recreation and leisure services. Everyone in the community is encouraged to attend all of the public events – this is what people pay taxes for, and what businesses sponsor.
Out of the many cultures here in Calgary, the Chinese culture is one of the most unique and interesting. The Chinese Cultural Centre on the north-eastern side of downtown and contains ancient Chinese artifacts, as well as replicas of artifacts from China.
Of special interest is the replica of the Terracotta warriors, the mahogany furniture set, ceramics, sculptures, clothing, and bronze art.
The history of the Chinese culture is also interesting. The original area redevelopment plan called for a dramatic reduction of Chinatown by 40 percent, so the community rallied for a plan that included a large cultural centre.
It’s largely been a success, and one of the most interesting places to visit in Calgary, even for locals.
Bradley Davis is a flight attendent. He likes posting his travel experiences on the web. His articles are available on many vacation and travel websites.