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Tuesday, July 19, 2005

Worldview Clash at the Calgary Stampede

Last Saturday, Albertanicus visited the Calgary Stampede. Staying for the Grandstand show, he was curious to see how this year's theme would be developed---the theme being Alberta's Centennial. As the show continued, it became quite evident that few of the things which have made Alberta distinct and prosperous were mentioned, let alone celebrated. Instead the show was dominated by Circe de Soleil (sp?) style contortionists, New Age mysticism, and too many men in body suits.
The abilities of these performers could not be doubted. But what did these things have to do with a Centennial celebration? It seemed like a bait-and-switch. Advertise 'heritage' to the rodeo crowd, then substitute an avant-garde, transexual fantasy.

It lead Albertanicus to ask whether the arts in Alberta must succumb to the worldviews of other regions by default? Can Alberta sustain a worldview that is distinct, in order to produce artistic works of its own?

The Calgary Stampede Grandstand Show was a small, but vivid example of the cultural tensions which are pressing Albertans in unnoticed ways.

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