2020 Online Programs and Events

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Aerial view of the town of banff in summer with green grass.

Banff Centre is going digital with online courses in September. 

As one of Alberta and Canada’s most cherished arts and leadership post-secondary institutions, Banff Centre is going digital to serve our participants with the educational opportunities they’ve come to depend on.

Banff Centre has been severely impacted by the economic effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, and needed to suspend all in-person classes until the end of August, 2020.

Online Programs

Beginning this fall, Banff Centre is going digital and will be offering 14 online programs between September and December 2020 to continue to serve our community in new ways.

We are planning two programs per discipline in Literary Arts, Visual Arts, Music, Performing Arts, Indigenous Arts, and Indigenous Leadership to be delivered digitally. As part of this work, we will explore how a digital model can serve artists and leaders in the future to fulfill our mandate as Alberta and Canada’s largest post-secondary arts and leadership institution.

Details for fall programs will be available very soon, including information on how to apply.

"Artists and Leaders tell us there is nowhere in the world like Banff Centre.”

“The educational opportunities, the residencies and performances experienced and created by artists and leaders here have transformed lives. Now we can share those opportunities with a wider audience through digital dissemination and engagement. I applaud the team for taking this innovative step.”

- Janice Price, President and CEO, Banff Centre 

Online Events 

On June 21, Banff Centre will be hosting an online celebration of National Indigenous Peoples’ Day led by Director of Indigenous Arts, Reneltta Arluk and Associate Director of Indigenous Leadership, Alexia McKinnon, thanks to a dedicated grant by the Government of Canada. This will be a rich and unique immersion in Treaty 7 arts and culture.

In July, we will be thanking some of our incredible donors who have stood by Banff Centre during this period by hosting a digital Midsummer Gratitude event in place of the annual Midsummer Ball.

The Banff Centre Mountain Film and Book Festival and the Banff International String Quartet Festival will proceed online in the Fall – details to be announced soon.

Since 1933, Banff Centre has offered courses, creation residencies, and performance opportunities for artists to hone and develop their craft. More than 80,000 artists and leaders have taken part in Banff Centre courses and residencies over 87 years, and they come from nearly 100 countries.

In 1954, the school developed a vibrant hospitality business that has in recent years generated close to 40% of our revenue which then flows back into the organization to support arts and leadership programs in a social enterprise model.  And since 1971, we have been offering Indigenous management and leadership programming as a meaningful – and growing – contribution to the political landscape.

Banff Centre will thoughtfully and deliberately open its campus facilities and spaces following the fallout of the COVID-19 pandemic when it is safe and financially feasible to do so. We look forward to moving ahead with on-campus, world-class programming across all disciplines when our facilities can open, in the meantime the show will go on, digitally.

We know that Banff Centre cannot and will not separate from the power of place – our campus, long a gathering spot within Treaty 7 territory. On the side of Sacred Buffalo Guardian Mountain, we respect the power of this place and the Stoney Nakoda Nations, the Blackfoot Confederacy, the Tsuut’ina, and the Métis, among many other peoples and nations who have come here for generations.

Banff Centre looks forward to inviting artists and leaders back to our campus again.