I have been a fan of container art spaces for some time having seen some fascinating installations in other cities. So when organizers approached our office about bringing containR to Calgary, I was thrilled to help. Their vision, to connect communities through public installations of “pop-up art”, fits beautifully with work already happening in Calgary.
I went to RiverWalk Plaza to watch the containRs being placed and was struck by how suddenly a once-empty space is becoming a “village”. These containRs provide intimate venues for all sorts of performances and give the performers freedom to experiment in a portable environment. Because of their portability, the containRs can bring culture to emerging areas like East Village. Just watching the set-up is a show in itself - a containR container ballet! Don’t worry if you missed the set-up, there will be plenty to see in the containRs during Fluid Festival.
The containRs are a great addition to the Fluid Festival, and it is wonderful to have such a successful venture from the 2010 Vancouver Olympics Cultural Olympiad in Calgary during our Cultural Capital of Canada celebrations.
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