We’ve got poets, and you may not have even known it!

Image: UNESCO.org

World Poetry Day is now underway, and we’d like to convey its importance today! Poetry is musical, magical, wonderful, fantastical and plays an important role in society. The people that make it (and, like us, even fake it) are impressive and worthy of celebrity. Did you know here at home many fine poets roam spreading wordplay, joy and community? And don’t forget the events, with the bright lights and tents, that make poetry fun for the family. So check out this post we are so proud to host and learn more about Alberta’s love of poetry. Continue reading

15 fun French phrases (and mishaps) for International Francophonie Day

Students from Francophone schools in Alberta celebrate their heritage with “Grosses têtes,” or big heads made of paper mâché, to help kick off the March festivities.

Today is the 30th International Francophonie Day, a time to celebrate the French language and culture. This March has been a big month for French-speaking Albertans too. On March 1, 2018 the Alberta government officially and permanently proclaimed March as Alberta Francophonie Month, or Mois de la francophonie albertaine. This first in Alberta’s history recognizes the contributions, past and present, of Alberta’s Francophone communities. March 1 to 21 is also Rendez-vous de la Francophonie (RVF), a pan-Canadian celebration of the French language and its many cultural expressions.

Therefore, in honour of this day and month, and at the close of Rendez-vous de la Francophonie, we bring you 15 fun French phrases (and mishaps)! (Say that 10 times fast.) Continue reading

Make a Pledge to Sledge

Pyeongchang, Korea, 10/3/2018- Canada plays Sweden in hockey during the 2018 Paralympic Games in PyeongChang. Photo Scott Grant/Canadian Paralympic Committee.

With the Paralympics underway in PyeongChang, the world is watching incredible feats by inspiring athletes. Hockey, Canada’s favourite sport, takes on a fresh form at the Paralympics, with para ice hockey, also known as sledge hockey. Team Canada is playing in the semi-finals tonight with a 35-0 record, and if you are feeling inspired from the success of our Paralympians, there’s more than one way to get into the game! Continue reading

6 Reasons to Fall in Love with Culture and Tourism

With Valentine’s Day fast approaching tomorrow, love is certainly in the air.

Here at Alberta Culture and Tourism, we love what we do! From tourism, recreation, museums and the arts to heritage, film, the Francophone Secretariat and sport, we have it all.

We want you to know that we are here for you and all Albertans — so, this Valentine’s Day here are our top reasons to fall in love with our ministry and some of the programs and services we offer: Continue reading

For Family Day, enjoy free admission to provincial historic sites, museums and Alberta Parks!

From vintage vehicles, tasty treats, archeological digs, fossils and the great outdoors, enjoy all Alberta has to offer this Family Day on Monday, Feb.19.

 

There’s a plethora of activities around the province— both indoor and outdoor —for you to choose from this Family Day. Keep reading to the bottom of the article for “other events” listings taking place across the province from Gibbons and Morinville to Red Deer and Okotoks during the Family Day long weekend.

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