Sep 17

Welcome Autumn with an Amazing, Free POP Culture Celebration

by Shannon Calhoun · 0 comments

Downtown Calgary has big plans to celebrate the last day of summer, and the arrival of fall with a stunning Autumn Masquerade on Saturday, September 21st, and you’re invited.


This free event, presented by the Calgary Downtown AssociationMercury Opera and the Museum of Contemporary Art Calgary (MOCA), will be a spectacle on so many levels.

With special, one-time permission in honour of MOCA’s grand re-opening, Municipal Plaza at City Hall will showcase beautiful art installations from renowned artists Max Streicher and Dave Dyment, and some gorgeous outdoor furniture from EGroup Canada.

Installations include Alto Cumulus, by Streicher, which is a series of sculptures that resemble clouds.  Dyment’s, Mirror Ball is a massive structure that will hang in the main plaza area.  When illuminated from multiple sides, it will give Municipal Plaza the feel of a giant outdoor discoteque.

September 21st is the grand re-opening of the Museum of Contemporary Art Calgary (MOCA) after the flooding in June, as well as the opening of their Made in Calgary: 1980s Part 2 Exhibition, so be sure to pop in and see what they have in store for you.  Doors open at 7:30pm.


At dusk, Mercury Opera will perform Fiamma, a pop-up opera revue. Fiamma (Italian for flame) is a combination of virtuoso performances, circus performers, a gypsy band and special effects.  It is going to be spectacular!

Last May, their pop-up opera, AlleyOop, was an absolutely stunning performance. It was hard to believe you could watch something so incredibly beautiful and moving for free, and in a back alley of all places. There’s something to be said about an unexpected experience in an unexpected location. It’s rare in this day and age that you’ll be able to experience a performance of this caliber without forking out some serious coin, so if you’re able to, I highly recommend checking this out.

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If you’re heading down, fancy dress is inspired, but not required.  Have an outrageously fun time with your attire, or come as you are.  Venetian Masks will be available on site for a small donation in support of MOCA Calgary’s Exhibition programming.

September is an amazing month full of unique cultural experiences for Calgary, including Alberta Culture Days coming up September 27-29, 2013.  For more details on what’s going on downtown check out our event calendar here.

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