What's New

  • In just over a month, the Big Four Building will be transformed into the new International Pavilion at the 2016 Calgary Stampede. Together with new community partner, GlobalFest, the Stampede is celebrating the amazing ethno-cultural dynamic that our city has to offer.
    The rich and diverse cultural make up of Calgary and the communities in which we live can be experienced through music, performances, cultural displays, food and drinks – with performances from the high-flying, breathtaking Peking Acrobats, shopping at the International Street Market, flavours from around the world at The Range International Food Market and entertainment at the Cultural Community Stage.
    “We are so excited for this new programming and international theme, along with the community partnership with GlobalFest, to bring a new vibrancy to Stampede,” says Allison Wright, midway programming manager with the Stampede.
    “Over the past 20 years the face of Calgary has changed. Increasingly we’ve become a Global city with people from all over the world calling Calgary home; the western heritage, the new frontier,” says Ken Goosen, producer with GlobalFest.
    Headlining at the International Theatre and celebrating their 30th Anniversary Tour, The Peking Acrobats travel the world and hold their reputation as world class performers. They have sold out crowds at some of North America’s most recognized venues. Over 44,000 tickets were sold in just three performances at the Hollywood Bowl. They also earned the Guinness World Record for tallest human chair stack when they balanced six people on seven chairs to reach 21 feet with no safety lines. When The Peking Acrobats were last here in 2014, the Calgary Herald named the show the top attraction to visit at the Calgary Stampede.
    Performing in the upper level of the Big Four Building, The Peking Acrobats is free with Stampede Park admission. Show times for July 8, 11, 12, 14, 15 and 17 are at 1 p.m., 3:30 p.m. and 6 p.m., while you can catch the Acrobats on July 9, 10, 13 and 16 at 12:30 p.m., 3 p.m., 5:30 p.m. and 8 p.m.
    Venture from The Peking Acrobats to the International Street Market, also located in the upper level of the Big Four Building, and discover unique treasures that reflect the essence of our city’s cultural infusion.
    Fourteen of GlobalFest’s OneWorld cultural partners will be showcasing their artistry within the International Street Market and on the Cultural Community Stage. Cultural Community Stage performances will run alternating from The Peking Acrobats, allowing guests to marvel at talent from around the globe and within our own community.
    Families will catch a travel bug while playing in the Play-Port. In this new airport themed play area, imaginations will soar as kids reach cruising altitudes in the Plasma Cars and climb to new heights in the play structure. Also, parents can sit back and relax in the Play-Port lounge area.
    The upper level of the Big Four Building is the place to be for play and spectacles, while the lower level is a cultural foodie’s dream.
    Arguably one of the best places to beat the heat during Stampede time, the food options in the lower level of the Big Four Building will make you feel like you can teleport to any part of the world. The Range International Food Market features 15 incredible concepts including local favourites Holy Smoke BBQ, Wonton King and Anejo Taco Shack. In addition, guests can quench their thirst at The Big Four Station, showcasing a lineup of 20 import and domestic beers, along with 20 globally-inspired flavours of wings.
    International Pavilion Breakdown:
    • Upper level:
      • International Theatre: featuring The Peking Acrobats
      • International Street Market
      • Cultural Community Stage: presented by our community partner, GlobalFest
      • Play-Port
      • Win! two tickets to any WestJet destination
    • Lower Level:
      • The Range International Food Market
      • The Big Four Station (craft beer)
      • Win! railway travel experience
      • Palm Bay Tiki Hut
    This year’s Stampede is July 8-17, 2016. For more information please visit calgarystampede.com.
    About the Calgary Stampede
    The Calgary Stampede celebrates the people, the animals, the land, the traditions and the values that make up the unique spirit of the west. The Calgary Stampede contributes to the quality of life in Calgary and southern Alberta through our world-renowned Stampede, year-round facilities, western events and several youth and agriculture programs. Exemplifying the theme We’re Greatest Together; we are a volunteer-supported, not-for-profit community organization that preserves and promotes western heritage and values. All revenue is reinvested into Calgary Stampede programs and facilities.
    For more information, please contact:
    Neil Hilts
    Media Relations Coordinator
    Calgary Stampede
    T 403.261.0242
    C 403.512.7034
  • GlobalFest tickets can now be purchased at all Central & Southern Alberta London Drugs locations! 
    Retail locations include: 
    - all 8 Calgary locations
    - Airdrie
    - Red Deer
    - Lethbridge
    - Medicine Hat
    Get your tickets today and be part of 'Alberta's Most Explosive Festival!'
  • Click here to fill out the application form to be a part of Alberta’s Most Explosive Festival!™

    GlobalFest's Volunteer Program proudly supported by First Calgary Financial is now accepting applications!

    Volunteers are the heart and soul of GlobalFest; these individuals are crucial to the continued success of the festival. 750 Operational Volunteers and 22 Volunteer Team Leaders are secured each year to successfully run GlobalFest. This festival would not be what it is today without the committed people that offer their valuable time to volunteer with GlobalFest!

    A variety of positions are available for GlobalFest’s Human Rights Forum presented by TD and at Elliston Park. Based on your preferences and time availability, you will be assigned to a position that best suits you.

    Thank you to those volunteers who return to GlobalFest year after year, and we look forward to welcoming new volunteers to the GlobalFest team in 2016!

    *Applicants under the age of 18 must have a parent or guardian sign their volunteer application form

    *Volunteers new to GlobalFest in 2016 will be asked to come in for a brief placement interview with our Volunteer Coordinator at GlobalFest’s office prior to acceptance into a volunteer position.

  • GlobalFest is excited to announce that Sunbelt Rentals is now the Official Sponsor of the OneWorld Festival!

    One of the largest equipment rental companies in North America and backed by a network of more than 550 locations, Sunbelt Rentals successfully services a variety of customers - from those in the commercial, residential, industrial, municipal, and specialized service sectors, to weekend do-it-yourselfers. Sunbelt Rentals’ highly diversified mix of tools and equipment is further broadened by the product offering of its specialty divisions, which serve distinct customer segments requiring a high level of technical expertise. The experienced professionals at Sunbelt Rentals are dedicated to helping their clientele solve any rental equipment challenge. Sunbelt Rentals currently has three locations serving the greater Calgary market: Okotoks, Calgary and Airdrie. In addition to Sunbelt Rentals’ many capabilities, they can also assist with equipment in emergency situations (flooding, fire damage).

    For more information about Sunbelt Rentals, please visit sunbeltrentals.ca.

    In 2015, Sunbelt Rentals acquired Okotoks Rentals, an Alberta-based equipment rental company and long-time supporter of GlobalFest. GlobalFest strives to partner with sponsors that maintain the same like-minded ideals; Sunbelt Rentals values the celebration of Calgary’s vibrant cultural diversity, and GlobalFest is ecstatic to receive this generous support. GlobalFest would like to extend a tremendous thank you to Sunbelt Rentals for providing this essential sponsorship to the OneWorld Festival. This sponsorship will help to ensure the ongoing success of the Sunbelt Rentals OneWorld Festival and assist GlobalFest in continuing to provide an affordable program to showcase local cultural organizations and associations.

    The Sunbelt Rentals OneWorld Festival is GlobalFest’s showcase of the dynamic and vibrant ethno-cultural communities found within our city. The Sunbelt Rentals OneWorld Festival features a display of cultural pavilions, performances, ethnic food, and hand-crafted works of art hailing from cultures around the globe. GlobalFest has hosted the OneWorld Festival since the humble beginnings of the festival in 2003 and it has become an integral part of the Festival each year.

    Elliston Park opens at 6:00 PM, so come early and take in the sights, sounds, smells, and tastes that the Sunbelt Rentals OneWorld Festival has to offer. Pavilions from a variety of Calgary’s cultural communities will be showcasing their heritage dress, cultural music, incredible performances, and interactive activities for all. Take a stroll through the Night Market, featuring vendors with handcrafted arts and keepsakes. The Sunbelt Rentals OneWorld Festival will play host to additional activities on-site, including a citizenship ceremony, performance stages, ethnic food booths, and food trucks.

    For more information about GlobalFest, please visit globalfest.ca.

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