Wood Buffalo celebrates a luminous Alberta Culture Days

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Whether it was igNIGHT illuminating downtown after dark, rocking the rails, learning about our history, or launching a literary magazine – Wood Buffalo celebrated Alberta Culture Days with fervour. The provincial and local celebration ran from September 27-29.


Alberta Culture Days is an “opportunity to discover, experience and celebrate arts and culture through local events and activities across the province…and is part of National Culture Days, which includes 300 communities from coast to coast,” as per the official website.

Dozens of free local events were enjoyed by residents who had a myriad of choices. Among the highlights was igNIGHT, a temporary 10-day public art exhibition by local, national, and international artists. igNIGHT uses illuminated artworks to light up Fort McMurray after dark, and saw numerous visitors along with bus tours. This year’s theme is “JĪ-ˈNȮR-MƏS,” Ginormous. Fascinating behemoth art pieces adorned Snye Point Park, Jubilee Plaza, Poplar Crescent Park, and Lions Park. (Photos by Dawn Booth, Associate Editor, YMM Magazine). The exhibition runs all week through to October 6, 2019 from 6pm to 10pm. There is another bus tour on the last day with registration.

Poetry lovers gathered for the launch of NorthWord – Wood Buffalo’s first and only literary journal’s 21st issue at Points North Gallery. The publication, which had a theme of “Puzzles,” was guest edited by local musician/songwriter Dave Martin, and cover art was by local visual artist Carmen Wells. Guests enjoyed the opportunity to read poetry amongst kindred spirits. The magazine is available free of charge around town.

In addition, an evening of cultural song and dance was organized at the Suncor Energy Centre for the Performing Arts by the Bengali Association of Fort McMurray, the Divine Group of India, the Hindu Cultural Society as well as the Fort McMurray Sikh Society.

All in all what an amazing and memorable weekend. Here’s to our thriving arts and culture scene. May it continue to grow and stay luminous, always.


Kiran Malik-Khan is the Communications Manager for the Fort McMurray Public School District, and national award-winning communications professional. She is a freelance journalist, a communications professional, and a poet. She loves sharing stories about unique people, events, and organizations. Kiran is the co-founder and volunteer public relations director for NorthWord magazine, Fort McMurray's first and only literary magazine. She is also the President/Co-founder of World Hijab Day Fort McMurray. A proud Pakistani-Canadian who grew up in New Jersey, she is a fierce advocate of Fort McMurray, multiculturalism, women's rights, and equality for all. Got a story nobody is telling? Send her ideas: DM and follow on Twitter @KiranMK0822.