August – MLA Greg Clark’s Report

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Summer is festival season in Calgary! I look forward to spending time in my community attending the many events that make our warm summer days and nights so special.

I hope to see you at Marda Gras Street Festival on Sunday, August 13th from 10am to 5pm. Marda Gras is a FREE family-friendly event that attracts over 35,000 visitors from all over Calgary. This year the streets of Marda Loop will celebrate the festival’s 33rd year in the community. The festival includes live music, dance and cultural performances, a fun kid’s area, unique shopping and lots of great food! Please stop by my booth; I would love to hear what is on your mind. For more information visit http://www.mardagras.ca/.

Calgary Pride Parade takes place on Sunday, September 3rd from noon to 1:30pm. I’ve been proud to walk in the parade in the past to show my unwavering support for the LGBTQ community and the advocates who continue to work for inclusivity and acceptance. Following the parade, don’t forget to visit Pride in the Park. Until 6pm you can enjoy one of Calgary’s largest free outdoor cultural celebrations. Set in Prince’s Island Park, the event will include live music, a marketplace and activities for all ages. More details can be found at http://www.calgarypride.ca/.

This year, in addition to hosting the fireworks competition from August 15th to 26th, GlobalFest is hosting a FREE human rights forum from August 8th to 12th at the Calgary Public Library’s John Dutton Theatre (616 Macleod Trail SE). This year’s topics are focused around UNESCO’s Coalition of Municipalities against Racism and Discrimination. Details on the events can be found on GlobalFest’s website at http://www.globalfest.ca/.

Visiting the Legislature

The Borealis Gallery on the grounds of the Legislature presents a brand-new exhibition.

The Dream We Form By Being Together centres on the theme of reconciliation and emerges from the awareness that art can play a central role in the process.

Drawing from indigenous practices and understandings, the show seeks to rebalance colonial narratives within the much larger story of this place we now call Canada.

The exhibition is a free, non-ticketed event open in the Borealis Gallery until October 1, 2017.

Visit www.assembly.ab.ca/visitorcentre for more details.

I hope to see you at one of the many events taking place in and around Calgary-Elbow. My office will be open throughout the summer. We can be reached at calgary.elbow@assembly.ab.ca or by phone at 403-252-0346.

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