The Calgary Folk Fest’s new hall and offices are almost ready to start construction after a Calgary Council committee yesterday approved a contribution of $1.8 million. The $5.2 million facility will arise in Inglewood and will provide a flexible and affordable performance and meeting space for the greater community.
Festival Hall addresses a critical and long identified shortage of affordable cultural spaces in Calgary and dovetails with the organizations values of’ helping out artists and cultural organizations – particularly emerging talents.
Designed by Cardew Architects working closely with the Inglewood Community, the building will become an important addition and complement to the increasing vibrancy of this already great neighborhood.
The City of Calgary’s contribution is from the Municipal Sustainability Initiative program spearheaded by the Province. Canadian Heritage is also assisting with a $2.4 million as is the Province with a further $.5 million.
The project was initiated in 2002 as part of the Festival’s long-term stabilization and outreach initiatives. CFMF is a non-profit cultural organization whose primary activity is holding the hugely popular four-day Calgary Folk Music Festival each summer on Prince’s Island.
Construction should begin this November while the Hall should be set to open next October.