When you think of Alberta, you might think of the majestic Canadian Rockies, glacier-fed lakes and charming mountain towns, but why not inject your holiday with some culture too? The province is brimming with art, music, dance and drama, and boasts some of Canada’s oldest and most varied festivals. The mountain town of Banff has a wide range of events throughout the year. Here are two of our favourites:
- The Banff Summer Arts Festival is the longest running arts festival in Canada, and has been held in the town every year since 1933. With dance, opera, theatre and folk music there is something for every taste. We recommend the indigenous art on display, which offers a fascinating insight into the culture of First Nation’s people.
- The Banff Mountain Film and Book Festival takes places in November, where the world’s best mountain films and books take centre stage. There are world premieres, talks from famous authors about their work, and seminars on adventure and travel. Past festival guests have included Sir Edmund Hillary and David Suzuki. While this festival attracts a lot of visitors, it is also popular with locals, which makes for a lively atmosphere.
Alberta has long been a place of cultural expression, and the capital Edmonton comes to life each year in August for the International Fringe Festival, the oldest Fringe Festival in North America. With an emphasis on theatre, you are sure to see some exciting, funny and thought-provoking acts.
Not only are there countless shows to see, there’s lots going on outdoors with street performers packing the Old Strathcona district of the city. We recommend enjoying some of the local shows that celebrate the best of Canadian culture. Regular headline performers have included Rapid Fire Theatre, The Wombats and Tim Waterson.
Not only do international performers flock to the festival but so do international food vendors, which means you will be able to enjoy some delicious world food – Poutine is definitely on the menu too!
If you are travelling with family then you should check out KidsFringe, a free outdoor event aimed at kids of all ages. It’s a fun-filled, friendly event providing entertainment and arts-based activities for kids. Not only will it keep the young ones entertained, it will offer them the chance to express themselves creatively and improve their confidence. Be sure to attend one of the interactive plays put on by the KidsFringe Youth Troupe.
Whatever you choose to do on your holiday to Alberta, Canadian Affair can offer help and advice on where to go and what to do. Contact one of our experts for more information.