The Folk Festival Society of Calgary

The Folk Festival Society of Calgary

January 07, 2013 13:46 ET

The Folk Festival Society of Calgary: Festival Hall Unleashed

CALGARY, ALBERTA--(Marketwire - Jan. 7, 2013) - The Calgary Folk Music Festival is celebrating the completion of Festival Hall. Proudly located in the heart of Calgary's thriving and storied Inglewood community, it boasts a unique design and is among the earliest of Calgary's initial Cultural Space Investment projects to be constructed. The Festival is also the first Canadian music festival to build, own and operate its own performance venue.

After having to continually move the Festival's office, we heeded the call to keep the Festival vibe going year-round and provide a quality, accessible venue that enhances Calgary's arts community. Eight years in the making, Festival Hall now acts as the Calgary Folk Music Festival's brand-new home for our staff and 1600 volunteers. It is a state-of-the-art multi-media, 180-seat flexible performance space that will host local, Canadian and international artists from a wide array of artistic disciplines.

Designed by award-winning Vancouver-based Peter Cardew Architects, Festival Hall includes geo-thermal passive heating and cooling systems, reclaimed materials and significant, creative architectural details, such as the timbered ceiling.

In April of 2012, Peter Cardew was named the recipient of the 2012 RAIC Gold Medal. Cardew has built an international reputation for timeless, quality design. As exemplified in the design of Festival Hall, modern materials and technology inspire his work and his straightforward detailing enhances their accessibility. Dignity, respect and craft are the key to his work as he approaches projects with a deep understanding of the social and cultural aspirations of the communities they serve and neighbour. Among Cardew's other successful projects are the Crown Life Tower, False Creek Townhouses, the Lack Klan School of Industrial Arts, the Kamloops Art Gallery, Civic Library and Regional Government Offices and UBC's Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery - for which he won the 1999 Governor General's Medal of Excellence for Architecture and a Progressive Architecture Award.

The Calgary Folk Music Festival celebrates the grand opening of Festival Hall on January 26, 2013 at 1215 12 Ave. SE. From 2:00 - 11:00 pm, we toast this new arts, performance and music space with live music and DJs.

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