Festival Hall under Construction!

The Calgary Folk Fest’s new hall and offices are now under way!   

Karson Builders are now excavating for the $5.2 million facility that will arise in Inglewood to provide a flexible and affordable performance and meeting space for the greater community.  It addresses a critical and long identified shortage of affordable cultural spaces in Calgary and dovetails with the organization’s values of’ helping out artists and cultural organizations – particularly emerging talents.

Designed by Cardew Architects working closely with the Inglewood Community, 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 which presents the hugely popular four-day Calgary Folk Music Festival each summer on Prince’s Island. 

The Hall should be set to open in October, 2010.

Festival Hall!

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.

Pecha-Kucha – crazy title, great event!

Calgary Arts Development is presenting Calgary’s inaugural Pecha-Kucha Night on September 14!  Come on out for a dynamic and engaging evening focused on emerging cultural spaces such as Calgary Folk Music Festival’s Festival hall, Cantos’ National Music Centre, and others.

Devised as a place for architects, developers, and designers to meet, network, and show their work in public, Pecha-Kucha Night is now taking place in 221 Cities around the world. The format is simple: speakers present 20 slides for 20 seconds each slide.

Calgary Arts Development’s first Pecha-Kucha Night will present a dynamic list of cultural space creators who will highlight and discuss the exciting projects in the works for the City. Oh, Pecha-Kucha is Japanese for chit-chat…

http://www.pecha-kucha.org/cities/calgary/1