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ABOUT THE PROJECT

We know that festivals and events are important in making Calgary a great place to make a life, and a great place to make a living. They contribute to our quality of life and in building complete communities. They give citizens opportunities to experience arts, culture and entertainment and draw visitors and tourists to our city to share in those experiences.

The City of Calgary is creating a new Festival and Event Strategy that will maximize the benefits of the festivals and events that are planned and hosted in our city to our citizens and our economy.

We want to hear from key festival and event industry stakeholders and citizens to create this Strategy.


BACKGROUND

Calgary Economic Development’s report, “Calgary and the New Economy 2018,” identified the important role the creative industries play in economic recovery. City Council Directives for 2019 – 2022 placed a significant value on the need to attend to the growth and development of the arts, cultural, festival, and winter activities that support economic growth and spur job creation in the city. With approval of the 2019-2022 OneCalgary budget, City Administration is directed to develop and implement a Festival and Event Strategy for the Arts and Culture line of service.

PROVIDE YOUR INPUT

Over the next few months, we will be working with stakeholders and the public to gather feedback and ideas to inform the development of a Festivals and Events Strategy. We want to know what makes people attend and enjoy festivals and events, what barriers to attending events (other than health restrictions during the pandemic) may exist and how The City can help ensure that festivals and events reinforce and celebrate the identity and culture of Calgary.

8) Thinking about Calgary becoming an eventful city, what would need to change and what would stay the same?

An eventful city is not a city of events but a city that can use the events it has in a creative and sustainable way.

An eventful city incorporates the values of its citizens to develop meaningful experiences through:

  • Distinctiveness;
  • Sense of place and identity;
  • Improving the quality of life;
  • Acting in an enabling, inclusive and transparent fashion; and
  • Supporting the development of transcultural* values.

*Transcultural - involving, encompassing, or extending across two or more cultures.

2 May, 2021

Anonymous says:

“I think we need to embrace innovation beyond ego, letting go of the fear-based narratives. We can't afford not to try new ways of doing.”

2 May, 2021

Anonymous says:

“More diversity in the events. Events that are engaging like Beakerhead. Music festivals that can go past 11pm. ”

2 May, 2021

Anonymous says:

“Allowing more flexibility for how space is being used & using unique locations. Ability to get AGLC approvals for unique scenarios. ”

2 May, 2021

Anonymous says:

“Having sound bylaws past 10, allowing alcohol in parks, allowing buskers/street performers, encouraging more street art”

2 May, 2021

Anonymous says:

“Support more local artists. The artist here are incredible. Put them on. Pay them living wages to perform. Grow our talent. ”

1 May, 2021

Anonymous says:

“There are main streets outside of downtown like Int'l Ave and Marda that need more support. Don't make all events concentrated in the core.”

1 May, 2021

Anonymous says:

“Use our Canadadian and Alberta culture and values with our immigrate values. ”

1 May, 2021

Anonymous says:

“Look @ Memphis in May festival as an example. They feature a different country every year to showcase their culture, food & entertainment”

1 May, 2021

Anonymous says:

“Inclusion of people and families who like to be able to drive to and park at events.”

1 May, 2021

Anonymous says:

“Make it like Vegas - Attract conventions - Open casinos - Public drinking - Entertainment - Attract tourists - Cheap food/ and drinks”

1 May, 2021

Anonymous says:

“Avoid the June "monsoon season".”

1 May, 2021

Anonymous says:

“More street performances, food, music. Outdoor vendors. ”


NEXT STEPS

A What We Heard Report will be shared with stakeholders and the public in Summer 2021.


DID YOU KNOW?

We want you to feel included in engagement. This means that we want you to feel respected; we want you to know your opinion is valued; and, we want you to be supported to participate in The City’s engagement process. We do not want you to experience any difficulties to sharing your ideas and opinions with us. We try to design engagement activities so that everyone that wants to be involved, can be.

We use your answers to the following evaluation and demographic questions to understand which voices from the community are missing so we can be better at including them next time. We work with internal and external colleagues to help ensure that our engagement activities are welcoming to all.