Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity launches “Things You Can’t Unthink” brand platform

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BANFF, AB, April 11, 2017 – Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity, the renowned postsecondary arts training institution in Alberta, Canada, has launched its first consumer focused creative campaign since unveiling a new brand identity and strategic plan in 2016. Titled Things You Can’t Unthink, the artist-driven platform articulates the unique experience of artists as part of Banff Centre’s immersive training programs. The experiences are so perception-changing that one cannot unthink them.

“Banff Centre programs offer unparalleled learning opportunities where artists are given the opportunity expand their practice and create work under the guidance of world class faculty. Like all artistic expression, these works alter perspectives, provoke conversations, and provide experiences that people remember forever,” says Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity President and CEO, Janice Price. “Just like Banff Centre, the Things You Can’t Unthink campaign is a bit groundbreaking and always curious. It stays with you.”

Developed in partnership with creative agency Cossette, award-winning Mexican director Rodrigo Garcia Saiz, and Albertan conceptual photographer Justin Poulsen, Things You Can’t Unthink uses artist content to create a surreal world of fascinating moments through video, print, and digital executions. The campaign title is born out of a contemporary art exhibition of the same title, curated by Banff Centre’s Walter Phillips Gallery curator, Peta Rake.

The campaign consists of one launch film and three print pieces, which aim to illicit a range of emotions from intrigue to amazement, to replicate the unforgettable experience Banff Centre offers. 

“Banff Centre’s artist-driven experience is what gave birth to the Things You Can’t Unthink platform. Regardless of whether the work makes you feel love, intrigue, curiosity, or magic, you’ll experience something you can’t unthink. That is the beauty of this execution,” says Jason Chaney, Chief Strategy Officer at Cossette

Things You Can’t Unthink is an articulation of what Banff Centre stands for and accomplishes year round through its programs,” adds Carlos Moreno, Chief Creative Officer at Cossette

The spot will run for four weeks on TV and in cinema. Print and out-of-home ads will be in the marketplace into May. 

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About Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity: Founded in 1933, Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity is a learning organization built upon an extraordinary legacy of excellence in artistic and creative development. What started as a single course in drama has grown to become the global organization leading in arts, culture, and creativity across dozens of disciplines. From our home in the stunning Canadian Rocky Mountains, Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity aims to inspire everyone who attends our campus – artists, leaders, and thinkers – to unleash their creative potential and realize their unique contribution to society through cross-disciplinary learning opportunities, world-class performances, and public outreach.