Tuesday, August 25, 2009

The WorldSkills Cultural Celebration

Most Calgarians know that WorldSkills is coming to Calgary from September 1 - 7. WorldSkills will bring more than 900 competitors to Calgary to compete in 45 different skill categories during the 4 days of competition.

The City of Calgary is a proud host city of WorldSkills and The City will be presenting a WorldSkills Cultural Celebration which will run in conjunction with the WorldSkills competition. The City's WorldSkills Cultural Celebration runs from August 29 to September 5 in the downtown core and on the Coca Cola Stage at Stampede Park. The weeklong Cultural Celebration will feature music, dance, visual arts and unique WorldSkills-inspired performance pieces.

Starting off the Cultural Celebration will be the kick off concert in Olympic Plaza on Saturday, August 29 from 3 - 9 p.m. The event will feature a wide variety of music - everything from southern rockabilly to blues, jazz and country. The kick off will also feature buskers, roving entertainment and the exhibition of photographic commissions by local artists.

For the whole week of the Cultural Celebration, an Artisan Village will be operating at Olympic Plaza where local artists will feature their crafts and masterworks with live demonstrations of pottery, sculpting and guitar making.

Closing the Cultural Celebration will be the WorldSkills Celebration Spectacular on September 5 at Olympic Plaza from 3 - 9 p.m. The Celebration Spectacular will be a carnival-themed concert featuring highflying aerial acts, jugglers, buskers, circus performers and musical acts from around the world. The event promises to be a fitting grand finale to WorldSkills 2009.

Check out the Report to Calgarians for more details.

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