Alberta Culture Days will celebrate multicultural communities in Olds on September 23 at the Werklund Agriculture and Technology Centre at Olds College. A Mini Film Festival will complete the Culture Days Celebrations on September 24 at Mayfair Cinema.
The Town is looking looking for community members who would like to share their culture through information tables, dance/music performances or food.
If you would like to share your culture with Olds, please contact FCSS@olds.ca or call Apryl Webb 403-507-4847.
2023 Alberta Culture Days in Olds
Schedule of Events
September 23, 2023
11:00 am – 2:00 pm
Culture Days: Sharing our Culture Event
Olds College Werklund Agriculture and Technology Centre
Visit various cultural performances and booths to learn about the different cultures represented by our friends and neighbours in Olds, through dance, music and food.
Stage Schedule (tentative)
11:00 am: Opening Ceremonies
11:15 am: Red Deer Aboriginal Dance Troupe
11:45 am: Philippine dance demonstration
12:15 pm: (TBD)
12:45 pm: Ukrainian Dancers
1:15 pm: Roads 2 Rhythm – Bring your percussion instruments and join in. Drumming is found in all cultures around the world. Let’s gather as all people to drum together as our hearts all beat as one.
Booths open from 11:00am – 2:00 pm
• Mountain View Moccasin House
• Mountain View Family Resource Network
September 24, 2023
Mini Film Festival
1:00pm - 3:00pm
Admission: Free with a suggested donation to Mountain View Moccasin House
Refreshments available for purchase from the Mayfair Cinema concession stand
Film Festival Overview
The Town of Olds and Olds Municipal Library Present a journey through our Canadian Culture. This two hour presentation is a celebration of diverse and thought-provoking short films from the National Film Board of Canada (NFB). This festival showcases the incredible talent of Canadian filmmakers, highlighting a wide range of cultural perspectives and experiences.
First Half - Suitable for families (52 Min plus introductory synopsis)
Lights for Gita - (7 min)  - Suitable for Families https://www.nfb.ca/film/lights_for_gita/
This animated short, based on the book by Rachna Gilmore, is the story of Gita, an 8-year-old girl who can't wait to celebrate Divali - the Hindu festival of lights - in her new home in Canada.
Alaa - (3 Min)  - Suitable for Families https://www.nfb.ca/film/alaa/
A true story of a young Syrian boy’s experience in coming to Canada starring Alaa Khalaf.
Highway to Heaven - (16 Min)  - Suitable for Families https://www.nfb.ca/film/highway-to-heaven-16m20s/ This short symphonic documentary offers a glimpse into the unique religious co-existence found along No. 5 Road in Richmond, British Columbia.
Heartbeat of a Nation - (20 Min)  - Suitable for Families https://www.nfb.ca/film/heartbeat-of-a-nation/
In Heartbeat of a Nation, a short documentary by Eric Janvier that celebrates Dene cultural reclamation and revitalization, a father passes on traditional knowledge to his child through the teachings of a caribou drum.
Arctic Song - (6 Min)  - Suitable for Families https://www.nfb.ca/film/arctic-song/
In this six-minute short, Inuit artist, storyteller and co-director Germaine Arnattaujuq (Arnaktauyok) depicts Inuit creation stories in all their glory.
Second Half - Mature content. Families may choose to leave (44 minutes)
Reviving the Roost - (6 Min)  https://www.nfb.ca/film/reviving-the-roost/ Filmmaker and bestselling author Vivek Shraya’s ode to a popular Edmonton gay bar that closed in 2007.
With pulsating neon-light animation, Reviving the Roost is a story about community complexity and longing, and an elegy to a lost space.
Question Period - (4 Min)  https://www.nfb.ca/film/question-period/
A group of Syrian women, refugees recently resettled in Canada, are negotiating life in their new home. They have some questions. Directed by Anne Marie Fleming, one of the original FFM filmmakers.
Mary Two-Axe Earley: I Am Indian Again - (34 Min)  https://www.nfb.ca/film/mary-two-axe-earley/
Mary Two-Axe Earley: I Am Indian Again shares the powerful story of Mary Two-Axe Earley, who fought for more than two decades to challenge sex discrimination against First Nations women embedded in Canada’s Indian Act and became a key figure in Canada’s women’s rights movement