Calgary – Hot off the Calgary Stampede performance circuit, the Calgary Stampede Showband is taking their 2017 production, Mosaic, to the international stage at the World Music Contest in Kerkrade, Netherlands. The Showband will be competing in the World Music Contest finals on July 30, 2017.
“Mosaic embodies a message of diversity and inclusion, telling an important story of our past, present and hope for the future of Canada,” says Aaron Park, manager, youth education programs of the Calgary Stampede Foundation.
Mosaic is a special collaboration between the Calgary Stampede Showband and the Calgary Stampede Indian Events Committee, and has been designed in collaboration with local historians and Indigenous leaders. The performance features Indigenous youth drummers, singers, and dancers who will wear their own regalia during performances, as a larger part of the Calgary Stampede Showband.
“Their performance and collaboration is, in itself, an act of reconciliation that is incredible to witness. The production of Mosaic will challenge you, excite you, and leave you inspired,” adds Park.
The Calgary Stampede Showband is excited to bring their 150 talented, young performers to the competition in the Netherlands and is proud to share and celebrate Calgary’s western and indigenous heritage, culture and community spirit with the world, through Mosaic.
During their time in Europe, the Showband will also have the unique opportunity to experience other musical styles and cultures firsthand at the World Music Contest, and will be making educational visits to Ypres, Belgium and the Vimy Ridge Memorial in France.
For more information on the Calgary Stampede Showband, please visit StampedeShowband.com
About the Calgary Stampede
The Calgary Stampede celebrates the people, the animals, the land, the traditions and the values that make up the unique spirit of the west. The Calgary Stampede contributes to the quality of life in Calgary and southern Alberta through our world-renowned 10-day Stampede, year-round facilities, western events and several youth and agriculture programs. Exemplifying the theme We’re Greatest Together; we are a volunteer-supported, not-for-profit community organization that preserves and promotes western heritage and values. All revenue is reinvested into Calgary Stampede programs and facilities.
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