Arts and Culture

Arts and Culture

Arts and Culture

The key to a healthy and balanced region is a strong presence of arts and culture. From galleries to theatres to festivals, Wood Buffalo's diverse culture celebrates who we are, where we come from, and where we are going as a region. Read on for just a few examples of how arts & culture is thriving in Wood Buffalo:

Theatres

Keyano Theatre and Arts Centre is proud to call itself the cornerstone of live entertainment and social gathering for the Wood Buffalo region. Each season offers theatre-goers an exciting lineup of award-winning dramas, hit musicals and side-splitting comedies. The Theatre also hosts a wide variety of musical and dance performances by local groups throughout the year.

 

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Katie's Playhouse Community Theatre Society is a group of volunteers who are devoted to entertaining the residents of Wood Buffalo through performing arts. Their performances are featured at the annual interPLAY and WinterPLAY festivals. The society offers residents the opportunity to get involved in community theatre through acting, directing and stage crew.   

Wood Buffalo's newest and most anticipated addition to the performing arts scene is the Suncor Energy Centre for the Performing Arts. Opened in the Fall of 2011, this state-of-the-art facility features a 350-seat theatre, dance studios, art studios and a band room. The Centre is available to rent out for performances, conferences, lessons and special events.

Festivals

InterPLAY, Wood Buffalo’s premier visual and performing arts festival, draws more than 20,000 visitors to the region each year. Franklin Avenue, in the heart of Fort McMurray’s busy downtown, becomes a Mecca for street performers, plays, musicians, stand-up comedians, improv and artists of all kinds. For over 20 years, interPLAY has represented the best of Alberta and western Canada in an innovative mix of fringe, folk, street performers and visual art. 

Aboriginal celebrations are an integral part of Wood Buffalo's cultural fabric. The annual Metis Fest is a cultural celebration hosted by the Fort McMurray Metis Local 1935. The festival features cultural entertainment, traditional Metis cuisine,  participation in cultural activities, arts & crafts, and the opportunity to learn about Metis heritage in Wood Buffalo.

The Oilsands Rotary Music Festival is the culmination of an entire year of hard work on the part of youth and adult music students from across Wood Buffalo. The festival features band, choral, handbells, instrumental, musical theatre, vocal, piano, speech arts and strings. This music festival represents Wood Buffalo’s “best of the best” of classical music and speech arts. 

Visual Art and Exhibitions

Our region is home to many talented and entertaining people, and the annual Wood Buffalo Country Fair gives them a chance to strut their stuff. Crafters and artisans from across the region showcase their arts and crafts during this summer celebration, and visitors who come to see the masterpieces enjoy fine food and entertainment along with a slice of Wood Buffalo arts and culture.

The MacDonald Island Community Art Gallery provides exhibit space for visual artists and builds art awareness through Fort McMurray and the surrounding area. The gallery offers lessons and community art projects, giving patrons the opportunity to view and appreciate the work of local artists.

The Fort McMurray Potter's Guild has been introducing Wood Buffalo residents to the art of molding clay for more than 20 years. The Guild, which is supported by the Alberta Foundation for the Arts, holds classes for adults, children and preschoolers throughout the year. The annual Mother’s Day Sale is a much-anticipated event in Wood Buffalo, when the public is given the chance to own the season’s best works of art. 

The Fort McMurray Tourism Association hosts trade shows at MacDonald island twice annually, in Spring and Fall. The trade shows attract thousands of people and features exhibits from local businesses and organizations, from clothing and home living boutiques to artists and crafters. The Fort McMurray Tourism Trade Shows are a great way to bring the community together and show off local artisans and entrepreneurs.

 

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  • To learn more, visit the Municipal website.