Alberta is well known for its performing arts festivals and
competitions during the summer months, many featuring local acts
presenting their latest production to a hometown crowd. These events are a
unique chance for the performers to bring their work to a wider audience
as well as those who would not otherwise have a chance to attend a regular show.
Competitions give participants a chance to gauge their skills against
their peers and gain recognition beyond the local level. Showcase events
such as the International Fringe Festivals in Calgary and Edmonton attract
talent from all over Canada and the rest of the world to a central
location, providing audiences with a cornucopia of acts to suit any taste.
One of the longest running festivals in Alberta is the
Edmonton Folk Music Festival.
Established in 1979, this annual event attracts hundreds of
performers, thousands of fans and a small army of volunteers to the
natural amphitheatre at Gallagher Park each summer.
For many of Alberta's performing arts events, it is the prevailing sense
of community that keeps attendance numbers high. Fans are able to return
year after year with the expectation of a uniquely Albertan show, and
visitors from around the world walk away with a greater understanding of
this province and its people.