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Alberta celebrated its centennial in 2005, and as a result the culture of the region has seen a greater emphasis. But even prior to recent years, the Banff area has been rich in culture and diversity.
The Banff Centre has for 75 years provided professional career development and lifelong learning for artists and leaders in performing, literary, new media and visual arts. The work of these artists is showcased throughout the year at public exhibitions and other events, as well as public concerts. These events also include the Banff Summer Arts Festival, and the world-famous Banff Mountain Film and Book Festival. The Banff Centre’s website lists all the upcoming events and offers ticket information.
Banff is also well-known for hosting the Banff World Media Festival (formerly the Banff World Television Festival).Banff-area First Nations still play an important cultural role, one that goes back to 1889 when a group of stranded tourists were entertained by some of the area’s natives. By 1900, this annual festival had evolved into what was then known as “Indian Days.” Various tribes, including the Stoney, would travel to Banff to share their stories and legends. Discontinued in 1978 due to organizational difficulties, the Indian Days festival was taken on by the Buffalo Nations Cultural Society in 1992, and renamed Tribal Days. Exhibits include displays at the Buffalo Nations Luxton Museum, the Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel, and the King Edward Hotel. More information about the Tribal Days event can be obtained by calling 403-762-2388.