Calgary's GlobalFest2013: A Multicultural Celebration

A look at Calgary's GlobalFest2013 fireworks schedule, Aug 16-25, plus info on other events: the One World Festival & Human Rights Forum.

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Calgary's GlobalFest2013: A Multicultural Celebration

Posted by Krista Kehoe on Wednesday, August 14th, 2013 at 8:25am.

Calgary's GlobalFest2012 Winner: USAThe countdown is on for the first pyromusical show of the 2013 GlobalFest Fireworks Festival and multiculturalism celebration. Taking the stage first, on Friday, August 16th will be China, followed by France on Sunday, August 18th. Tuesday August 20th will be Great Britain’s turn to wow audiences, while last year’s winner, USA, will have their chance to defend their title on Thursday August 22nd. The finale will take place on Sunday, August 25th with GlobalFest’s own piece. Each night, judges will score each country’s performance based on a variety of criteria, such as the quality of the display, the brilliance and richness of colours used, and the synchronization between sound and fireworks. Taking place in Elliston Park, the view of the fireworks above shimmering and reflecting off of the lake below is spectacular.

The One World Festival at Elliston Park happens prior to the fireworks at 6pm, so be sure to show up to the park early to enjoy a diverse collection of booths showcasing ethnic diversity and good food, in addition to music and performances taking place. Don’t forget to take a stroll through the night market! A citizenship ceremony will also take place on August 16th, so you can be one of the first to welcome 100 new Canadians into Calgary.

Held every year since 2003, GlobalFest is much more than a dazzling fireworks display; it also includes a Human Rights Forum, held the week leading up to the fireworks. Guest speakers engage in discussing a variety of topics – the forum is open to the public – including subjects on women in the workforce and in post-secondary education. Tomorrow, Thursday, August 15th’s topic is Aboriginal Women & Leadership, while Friday’s discussion will focus on Multiculturalism in the LGBTA environment.

Have you attended one of the discussions at the Human Rights Forum? We’d love to hear about it! Let us know how it was, or about any of the other Calgary GlobalFest2013 events!

Krista Kehoe, Calgary real estate agent & REALTOR®

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