In 1993, The Calgary Fireworks Festival Society wanted to find a suitable fireworks launch site in town, but for eight years, no one place was able to meet all the requirements. It wasn’t until 2001 that the Society discovered Elliston Park in Calgary’s Greater Forest Lawn district.
The Calgary Fireworks Society and the International Avenue Arts and Culture Centre, wanted to bring together a multicultural festival. While collaborating together, they presented their ideas to the International Avenue Business Reviatilization Zone (BRZ). Through this partnership they could give Calgary a world-class celebration of cultural diversity.
In 2003, GlobalFest debuted as Calgary’s International Fireworks Festival, which included ten cultural pavilions and pyromusicals from three different countries, and broke records with it’s total number of attendees on the last day.
To this day, GlobalFest has been dedicated to celebrating and showcasing the cultural diversity and artistic excellence from all around the world, and has been considered one of the Top 100 events to attend by the American Bus Association for three consecutive years. It has also received the Community Impact award, and the 47th Annual Calgary White Hat Award.
This year, GlobalFest will be celebrating it’s 15th Anniversary along with Canada’s 150th.
From August 15th to 26th, Elliston Park will have its doors open from 6 to 9:15 pm nightly. Come celebrate with booths and food trucks with food from all across the world, live performances on two different stages, a night market, and of course, the Trico Homes International Fireworks Festival.
In addition, the cultural pavilions include countries such as Cameroon, Vietnam, Japan, Mexico, Chile, and much, much more.
A citizenship ceremony will also be held at 6:30 pm on August 22nd on the BOARDWALK Stage, celebrating and welcoming new Canadians.
This year, the dates and participants are:
Tuesday, August 15 – Western Canada
Thursday, August 17 – Prairies
Saturday, August 19 – Ontario
Tuesday, August 22 – Quebec
Thursday, August 24 – Atlantic Canada
Saturday, August 26 – Finale