Accelerating Culture

Calgary’s Firework Festival Set to Blow Audiences Away


Alberta’s most explosive festival” is coming back to Calgary this August to wow viewers with stunning fireworks, food, live music, and night markets. GlobalFest’s sixteenth year will showcase the Ukraine, Spain, the Philippines, and China, and then end it all off with their grande Finale.

If you haven’t yet heard, GlobalFest is so much more than simply five days of fireworks. Each country will be putting on their show on a different night, to a set criteria given by judges. Guidelines include originality, the richness of colours used, using music native to the country, and synchronization and precision.

The event also features over twenty pavilions from Calgary’s own diverse cultural groups, where they will showcase their culture and heritage for everyone to enjoy. More so, there will also be many ethnic food booths on site for you to try and explore. GlobalFest works toward honouring the distinct cultural identity of our Calgarians and other international communities.

The More You Know…About GlobalFest

The idea behind GlobalFest first formed when The Calgary Fireworks Festival Society joined with the International Arts and Culture Centre. Both groups wanting to create a multicultural festival in Calgary, pitched their ideas to the International Avenue BRZ, and after sharing many similarities, partnered with each other.

In 2003, GlobalFest became a reality, with ten cultural pavilions and three performing countries. Each performance wowed viewers with their pyro-musicals. The festival was a huge success, seeing around 100,000 attendees in its very first year.

The festival occurs at Elliston Park every year. Guests are encouraged to bring jackets, lawn chairs, and blankets to stay warm while enjoying the show.

Tickets are on sale now, with general admission tickets priced at $20 and the GlobalPass (single admission for all five nights) at $45.

GlobalFest begins on August 16th with the Ukraine and ends with the Canadian Finale on August 25th.

Warren Tobias



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