Calgary’s annual GlobalFest promises fireworks, culture and education

Thursday 06th, August 2015 / 02:08
By Sarah Kitteringham

Global Fest (high resolution fireworks pic)CALGARY — With a mandate to “produce an inclusive, world class, multi-faceted arts and culture festival that celebrates and showcases cultural diversity and artistic excellence within our communities and across the globe,” the annual GlobalFest kicks off on Monday, August 17th in Calgary. Including events like the much loved fireworks competition, a Night Market and OneWorld Festival, along with several free talks on a variety of current human rights issues, there is something for all.

The Human Rights Forum will be taking place from Monday, August 17th until Friday, August 21st with topics structured around UNESCO’s Coalition of Municipalities against Racism and Discrimination. Each day, a specific talk will be given at the Calgary Public Library – John Dutton Theatre (616 Macleod Tr. SE). Doors open at 11:30 a.m., the presentation runs from 12 until 1:30 p.m. Admission is free and topics include “The Role of Temporary Foreign Workers in the Canadian Workplace” and “Canadian Indian Residential Schools Act: 2015 A Year of Reconciliation,” among others.

Once again, the Trico Homes International Fireworks Festival will take place at the 2015 rendition of GlobalFest. Featuring exclusive fireworks presentations from pyro technicians hailing from international locales, this year sees a Parade of Champions approach: every country competing has won at GlobalFest in years previous. China will perform on Thursday, August 20th, the Philippines on Saturday, August 22nd, Spain on Tuesday, August 25th and the U.S.A. on Thursday, August 27th. The grand finale will take place on August 29th. Of course, this means a ton of fireworks, synchronized to music and sound effects, will be brightening the night sky over the shimmering lake at Elliston Park.

There is much more on offer during GlobalFest; the park opens at 6 p.m. for the OneWorld Festival and will feature heritage dress, cultural music, performances and handcrafted art in the Night Market. There will be a myriad of cultural pavilions, including tents for Africa, Bangladesh, Germany, India, Scotland, Thailand, Venezuela and more; food booths and trucks will offer culinary delights from all over the world.

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