Five Big Questions We’re Asking This Year in Calgary

"Downtown Overpass, Calgary, Alberta" by under_volcano
"Downtown Overpass, Calgary, Alberta" by under_volcano

Hey Calgary! If you’ve been reading our blog and finding yourself jealous of people from Toronto and Winnipeg (just joking! calm down!), don’t worry. The Spur festival is coming to Calgary in just a few weeks. We’ll be cutting through the chatter on topics ranging from living a public life in private to what is art in the age of pop.

The common thread of the Spur festival is the value of a longform conversation. We are not afraid to ask big questions of our speakers and audiences. We explore the answers to these questions over a weekend of debates, conversations, book readings, walking tours, literary cabarets, parties and more.

Get your tickets now! And check out five of the big questions we’ll be asking this year in Calgary from April 25 to 27:

How do you manage a political brand?
Our Political Branding panel will offer a behind-the-curtain chat with Ian Brodie, (Director of Research at the University of Calgary’s School of Public Policy), Chima Nkemdirim (Chief of Staff to Mayor Nenshi), and long-time political advisor Scott Reid. Moderated by Charles Adler.

What impact does constant connectivity have on culture?
Join Wired columnist Clive Thompson and  Digital Life, Media, and Culture expert Isabel Pedersen for Signal&, a discussion on the value of connectivity and technology on culture in the digital age.

What is the role of both the artist and the planner in Calgary’s downtown?
Join author of A History of Future Cities and award-winning journalist Daniel Brook as he casts a critical yet hopeful eye on urban reform in downtown Calgary. Part of our “This City in Seven Yearsseries. Dean of the faculty of environmental design at the University of Calgary, Nancy Pollock-Ellwand, moderates.

What lies beyond logic?
In his debut collection, Greg Bechtel straddles the line between physics and magic, and the possible and the impossible. Join Bechtel for Books and Brunch as his reads and discusses from Boundary Problems.

What will borders look like in 2021?
In this session about The World In Seven Years, we wonder if we are we heading into a new phase of geopolitics. Join journalist, and author Diane Francis, as she makes a case for what borders and geopolitics will look like 2021. Moderated by Jim Brown host of CBC’s The 180.

What are your answers to these big questions? Grab a festival pass, and come share your thoughts.

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