Red Deer set to celebrate annual Alberta Culture Days this weekend

There will be plenty for Red Deerians to explore during the 2015 Alberta Culture Days, which run Sept. 25th-27th at various venues throughout the City.

Over the weekend, the streets around the downtown core of Red Deer will come alive with dance, performances, pop-up galleries, museum exhibits and workshops, chalk artists, buskers, theatre games, kid’s activities, demonstration artists, plays, walking tours and all manner of arts and culture events.

The events will also be co-hosted by many community partners including Central Alberta Refugee Effort, Central Alberta Retired Teachers’ Association, Central Alberta Immigrant Women’s Association, Red Deer Cultural Heritage Society, The Hub on Ross, Red Deer Public Library, Red Deer Museum & Art Gallery, Against the Wall Theatre (Bull Skit), Red Deer Downtown Business Association, Red Deer College, Nuit Blanche and the City of Red Deer Culture Services. Some highlights on Friday include showcasing immigrant art with a Pop-Up Global Gallery with the Central Alberta Refugee Effort (CARE) at Central Block (5000 Gaetz Ave. from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

On Friday evening, there will be a family dance held at Festival Hall starting at 7 p.m. with Calgary-based band The Two Bit Bandits. It’s being presented by the Country Pride Dance Club, Red Deer Arts Council, Red Deer Cultural Heritage Society and the City of Red Deer (Culture Services). Tickets are available at the door or online at www.countrypridedanceclub.ca.

The Artribute Art School is also celebrating five years with new work by instructors and students at the Old Courthouse, #212, 4836 Ross St. with an opening reception Sept. 25th from 6 to 8 p.m.

On Sept. 26th, folks can check out Red Deer Culture Days Sidewalk Chalk Art and Music in downtown Red Deer from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Downtown will come alive with vibrant sidewalk chalk art. Artists will start their pieces at locations around downtown (maps will be available) on Saturday and finish the work that day.

Local musicians will also be on the streets from 1 to 5 p.m., performing on the Ross Street Patio and designated areas. Another Saturday highlight will be Nuit Blanche, which will be presenting ‘Light Up the Night’ at Rotary Recreation Park and Heritage Square behind the Recreation Centre.

The entrance for Nuit Blanche, which begins at 7 p.m. is from the parking lot at the MAG and Recreation Centre.

Visit www.reddeer.ca/AlbertaCultureDays.

– Weber

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