The Cochrane Integrated Arts Society (CIAS) is celebrating Alberta Culture Days with the fourth annual Cochrane Culture Days from Sept. 9 to 10.
Both events are free to the public and will start off on Sept. 9 at the Cochrane Farmers Market in the SLS Centre parking lot. It will feature performances by Celtic Band Drowsy Maggies, The Stoney Mînî Thnî Dancers with Kyle Snow Drumming and Singing, Band on the Bow (also featuring Kyle Snow), and the Calgary Wind Symphony.
On Sept. 10, the event will take place at the Centennial Plaza on First St. during the Cochrane Classic Car Club Show ‘N’ Shine. It will feature Six by Six, the Cochrane Pipe Band, Fig Fusion, Riverside Jazz, Hippocratic Oath Big Band, and Canmore Dixie Land Band.
Later in the day, a Tipi-raising will take place on 2nd Ave. just across from Cochrane Coffee Traders, with a performance by Mînî Thnî Dancers in the afternoon. Additionally, at Wazin Ichinabi Ti – House of Oneness, an artisan sale will take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Each event will also host the Balloons and Butterflies balloon twisters and Imagine That YYC Face Painting for kids of all ages.
CIAS President Jane Kaczmer said she is proud to be able to bring this event to the community, alongside the performances and family fun it provides for Cochranites.
“We are just glad to be able to do just that, to provide the opportunity for all of these bands and groups to come to the community, and be seen, heard, and let everyone know that they’re there and to let everyone enjoy,” she said.
Going into their fourth year, Kaczmer said the event is popular with locals, as it provides families with entertainment over the weekend.
“It’s super,” she said. “We are celebrating our culture and our bit of our history.”
Kazcmer would like to give a special thanks to all sponsors of the event who are generously supporting the event.