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  • Exploring Indigenous Rights Across Turtle Island

    GlobalFest Joins Forces with UNAC-Calgary for 2017 Human Rights Forum


    (Calgary, AB – July 17, 2017) Going into its 11th annual Human Rights Forum, GlobalFest has partnered with the United Nations Association in Canada Calgary Branch (UNAC-Calgary) to present five-days of knowledge sharing and dialogue on important Indigenous issues.  

    “GlobalFest is thrilled to welcome UNAC-Calgary as our new presenting sponsor of the Human Rights Forum.  We’ve enjoyed working together in supporting roles in the past, and we look forward to the incredible outcomes this collaborative partnership will yield, not only for this year but for many years to come,” said GlobalFest Producer Ken Goosen. 

    From August 8th -12th at the John Dutton Theatre, the Forum will feature over 15 different speakers; such as Canadian singer/songwriter Lacey Hill of the Oneida First Nations in Ontario, and actress/vocalist/ storyteller, Cherish Blood Violet, originally from the Kainai First Nations in Alberta. 

    Speakers and performing artists will explore personal stories, knowledge, and practical solutions related to Indigenous communities and issues in Canada.  Discussions will cover a wide range of topics from Two- Spirited identity, to Indigenous resource development and asset management, and over-representation in Canada’s correctional facilities. The Forum will also feature the GlobalFest Indigenous Urban Arts Program: (Work in Progress) Seeking Reconciliation.  

    “We are proud to be the lead sponsor of this event.  It aligns strategically with our Branch’s mandate to engage and educate Calgarians on the work of the United Nations (UN), especially around environmental and human rights issues. The Forum also gives our two organizations the opportunity to champion the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals - many of which can be applied directly to Canada’s Indigenous communities,” said UNAC-Calgary President Rosalinda Hernandez. 

    Admission to the Human Rights Forum is free and features a post-event reception with light snacks. For more information on speakers and scheduling please visit http://globalfest.ca


    About GlobalFest

    GlobalFest is a not-for-profit society dedicated to celebrating and showcasing Calgary’s cultural diversity and artistic excellence within our communities locally and across the globe. We are committed to producing an inclusive, world-class, multi-faceted arts and cultural festival that will enhance Alberta’s reputation as a truly international destination.


    About UNAC-Calgary

    As a branch of United Nations Association in Canada (UNA- Canada), a national charitable organization and citizen’s movement supporting and promoting the values and goals of the UN in Canada, the Calgary branch (UNAC-Calgary) was established in 1980 and incorporated in 1999. We partner with local organizations to engage Calgarians in the work of the United Nations. 


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  • The summer is flying by, and that means we're only getting closer to GlobalFest 2017! If you're planning on attending the festival, take advantage of our Advance Pricing offer, valid July 2-29.  Regular Admission Pricing begins July 30.  

    General Admission $15

    Finale $20

    GlobalPass $78

    VIP $45

    VIP Festival Pass $240

    Tickets can be purchased at Calgary Co-op, First Calgary Financial, Chinook Financial, Marlborough Mall, London Drugs, or at globalfest.ca 

  • Out of town visitors, book your GlobalFest accommodations with Hotel Blackfoot, a vibrant, contemporary hotel near downtown Calgary!

    Package Includes:

    - Accommodations for 2 Adults in a Deluxe Queen Room
    - General Admission tickets to GlobalFest
    - Shuttle bus transportation to and from the event
    - $40.00 Food & Beverage credit per day
    - Add a child for $15.00/day

    - Package is recommended to be minimum 2 night stay.
    - Due to uncertain weather conditions, fireworks may be postponed to the following evening.
    - Subject to availability.
    - Prepayment required at time of booking and is non-refundable.

    For more information or to book your stay at Hotel Blackfoot, visit http://globalfest.ca/accommodations.html

  • Click here to VOLUNTEER NOW!


    GlobalFest is now accepting online volunteer applications. We are looking for new & returning volunteers to help with The Human Rights Forum presented by UNAC at Calgary Public Library, and GlobalFest at Elliston Park. Volunteers will be able to contribute to their community while enjoying the sights and sounds of the festival.
    All ages are welcome to volunteer* - those under 14 must be accompanied by a legal guardian.
    • Festival t-shirt
    • Volunteer parking (not provided for Human Rights Forum volunteers)
    • Complimentary snacks and beverages
    • Site pass for all 6 nights of the festival
    • Volunteer appreciation celebration
    • Opportunity to be part of "Alberta's Most Explosive Festival!"
    *All volunteers must commit to working a minimum of 3 shifts.



    Photo credits: 

    Top 2 - Lisa Amos

    Bottom - Steve Coutts

    Courtesy of J&J Lawrence Photography

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