Banff Centre Summer Arts Festival 2024

The 2024 Banff Centre Summer Arts Festival celebrates themes of connection and creativity, bringing together artists who will build on a rich legacy of those who came before them. 

More than 65 shows and performances, including over 35 FREE events!

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Banff Summer Arts Festival lineup includes:

National Indigenous History Month – Events during the month of June include concerts, storytelling, dance workshop, and an online marketplace
Interplay – A fusion of opera and chamber music events featuring Chamber Music Concerts and Opera Workshops including new adaptations of The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood and Indians on Vacation by Thomas King
Mainstage performances – Including Ron James, Irish Mythen Live at Maclab, National Youth Orchestra of Canada, A 'radical retellling' by Cliff Cardinal of William Shakespeare's As You Like It
Literary Arts – Readings from Literary Journalism and Summer Writers programs
Art of Piano – Concerts and events including Piano Masterclasses
Visual Arts –  Readings, Faculty Lectures, and Open Studios
Amp Sessions – Join us all summer for a laid-back and fun-filled musical break in the outdoor Shaw Amphitheatre! 
Gather Listen Hear – A multi-day interdisciplinary event centred on the relationship between sound and land
Banff String Quartet Festival - See the world's finest quartets on stage in Banff at the end of August
Jazz & Sonic Arts – Mainstage concerts led by pioneers and new vanguards of jazz
Indigenous Arts – Events including a Conversation Series and World Dance Residency Showcase
+ More Outdoor Events – Including Concerts and Film Screenings. 

I am proud of the programs curated by our team of artistic directors - from intimate gatherings to full-scale productions to a rare peek behind the curtain into the artistic process. This range of activities ensures that the Summer Arts Festival has something for everyone. 

Chris Lorway, President & CEO

National Indigenous History Month

National Indigenous History Month
(June 1 - 30)

Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity invites you to take part in National Indigenous History Month at Banff Centre! Also be sure to browse the Online Marketplace.

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Pictured left to right: Macarena Gómez-Barris, Tina Campt, Jack Halberstam and Saidiya Hartman. Images courtesy of faculty and guest lecturers.

Visual Arts
(June 5 - August 19)

Explore some of the remarkable visual art happening at Banff Centre all summer and gain insight from the artists themselves.

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Person Playing Violin

(June 7 - 29)

A fusion of opera and chamber music!

Interplay celebrates the convergence of opera and chamber music - a platform for early career and established vocalists, instrumentalists, and creatives to collaborate on new works and celebrated masterpieces.

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Kyo Maclear & Elamin Abdelmahmoud

Literary Arts
(June 13 - August 8)

Join us in celebrating five decades of literary arts at Banff Centre with a series of free talks and readings by renowned faculty and residents sharing works in progress.

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Photo by Rita Taylor, Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity Shaw Amphitheatre

Amp Sessions
(June 25 - August 6)

Join us all summer for a laid-back and musical break in the Shaw Amphitheatre! Bring your own lawn chair and pack a picnic or get food from Maclab Bistro, and enjoy the incredible talents of Bow Valley local artists.

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Person Playing Piano

Art of Piano
(July 6 - 19)

Featuring concerts by renowned musicians as well as free concerts showcasing early and mid-career participants in the Art of Piano program who are provided with the invaluable opportunity to hone skills and discover their artistic voice here in Banff.

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Banff International Workshop in Jazz 2017

Gather Listen Hear
(August 21 - 23)

Coinciding with this summer's Classical Indigenous Music Residency and the Jazz and Sonic Arts Residency, this series of events includes faculty and participant concerts taking place in both programs as well as a joint performance by the cohorts of program participants.

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Banff Centre International String Quartet Festival 2021, Photo by Brandon Lam on Unsplash

Banff International String Quartet Festival
(August 30 - September 1)

Banff International String Quartet Festival is a three-day festival showcasing the finest in international classical music in a completely immersive experience.

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