Chinook Blast, powered by Shaw, is back for its second year, running for four weekends in downtown Calgary Feb. 4-27. Just like 2021, the festival promises to chase away those winter blues with a healthy dose of fun, celebrations and dazzling displays.
While the pandemic is ongoing and uncertainty still lingers, Chinook Blast offers a number of safety-conscious and outdoor experiences for Calgarians to reconnect to their community. Each weekend promises to be packed with fun events and civic pride while keeping Calgarians safety top of mind.
“While we would have loved to kick off January 2022 with Chinook Blast, our patrons’ safety has always and will continue to be our top priority,” says Franca Gualtieri, executive director, Chinook Blast & strategic projects, Tourism Calgary. “We know some of our Pillar Festival partners had to adapt and delay their festivals, and we support their chosen paths forward to keep Calgarians safe. We will continue to work with all our partners, Alberta Health Services and the City of Calgary to ensure that everyone coming to Chinook Blast has a fun and safe experience.”
Create your own experience by choosing from various performances, displays, cultural experiences and more presented through four iconic anchoring events. The Hub will once again feature free activities, art installations, pop-up performances and unique programming throughout each weekend. Outside of The Hub, look out for Friends of Chinook Blast, offering sporting, recreation, and arts and culture events. Chinook Blast has also partnered with some iconic Calgary events like the foot-tapping Block Heater music festival, the annual not-to-be-missed Glow Festival and Ethnik Festival which celebrates the vibrancy and resilience of the Afro Canadian/Caribbean people. Calgary’s Business Improvement Areas (BIA) and community associations will also join in the fun with their own winter celebrations and Chinook Blast experiences across Kensington, Westgate, Crescent Heights Village and Kincora.
As a winter city (and proud of it), the challenge from the 2021 Chinook Blast returns to invite Calgarians to bundle up, show up and warm up by participating in the festivities. So, whether you create your own experience or follow the programming, there’s something for everyone.
“As we begin to open up and gather in the community again, we know that safety is top of mind for Calgarians,” says Calgary Arts Development president and CEO Patti Pon. “So, let’s bundle up, embrace this beautiful season and make this a winter to remember.”
For more information and to stay updated, visit chinookblast.ca
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