GlobalFest full of surprises, fireworks and culture

GlobalFest full of surprises, fireworks and culture

By Christopher Walsh, editor

Hailed as Alberta’s “most explosive festival”, the ninth annual GlobalFest will be kicking off next week and organizers say it’ll be the most explosive yet.


The Trico Homes Fireworks Festival begins next Friday, August 19 with China’s showcase, followed by the Philippines on August 21. Those two shows alone may very well be the biggest fireworks display seen in Calgary, says GlobalFest spokesman Bryan Francisco.

“We’re talking trucks and trucks of explosives,” he said. “Some are saying [the show] will be potentially bigger than all of last year combined with these [first] two shows alone.

“Philippines and China are bringing it.”

Canada and Italy will be rounding out the fireworks display on August 23 and 25, respectively. The finale is scheduled for August 27.

Starting Monday, the GlobalFest Human Rights Forum will offer free lunchtime discussions with guest speakers at the John Dutton Theatre at the Calgary Central Public Library from noon until 1:30p.m. Lunch is provided.

“We’ve got a killer line-up of speakers this year,” Francisco said.

The list includes Senator Romeo Dallaire, Rafal Rohozinski, Amanda Lindhout – the Albertan who was held hostage for 15 months in Somalia – as well as a citizenship ceremony and a panel discussion next Friday on human trafficking.

The fireworks and the OneWorld Festival begin Friday at Elliston Park. Authentic ethnic food will be served at 12 different food kiosks around the park as well as showcases celebrating 60 different cultures in Alberta.

The last chance for discounted tickets of 50 per cent off for the Elliston Park events will be available at the following locations this weekend:

Saturday, August 13

Chinatown Street Festival (10AM-8PM, Chinatown – Riverfront Ave and 1st St SE)

Saturday, August 13

London Drugs Limited Time Offer (London Town Square, 10AM-2PM, 3545 – 32nd Avenue NE)

Sunday, August 14

Elliston Park “Last Chance” Special (10AM-2PM, 60th St and 17th Ave SE)

Tuesday, August 16

TD’s OneWorld (GlobalFest) Sneak-a-peek (10AM-2PM, 3012 17th Ave SE)

Francisco says there will be surprises in store for attendees at the park during the week-long celebrations.

“We’ve got something fun planned for Sunday, August 21 at 7:15 p.m. near the beer gardens,” he said, confirming it will not be free beer. “That’s where you want to be. We’ve got a huge surprise going that involves a select amount of a large number of people. That’s pretty much all I can say about that, but be there …”

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