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Be Moved at Expanse Festival 2014: Edmonton’s 4 Day Celebration of Art in Motion

Posted by Sara MacLennan on Monday, March 3rd, 2014 at 10:25am.

Continuing in its tradition of consistently finding reasons and occasions to celebrate, Edmonton is playing host to the Expanse Festival again in 2014, an exciting celebration of art in motion, March 6-9, 2014, at the TransAlta Barns (10330 84 Ave). Though many people would not intuitively associate Edmonton with a bursting arts scene, the fact is that the city has a thriving artistic community. As a cultural center, Edmonton is constantly surprising the world with the quality of art that comes out of it, and Expanse Festival is no exception. Here’s what you need to know about the Expanse Festival – including how you can get involved!

Expanse Festival Recognizes Body Made Art

You might never have stopped to consider what "body made art" was before, or maybe you've never heard the term. Essentially, this is a type of art that is created solely with the human body - whether through dance, human sculpture or other forms of physicality such as circus acts, miming, physical theatre, and so on. Expanse aims to promote these different art forms and give audiences a chance to appreciate their beauty. Expanse hosts three festival series that are aimed at exposing both local and international talent.

A Long Running Local Tradition

While this may seem like a fairly newer development, Expanse has actually been operating for nearly ten years. The festival was originally created by the Azimuth theatre in 2004, and has been steadily growing since then. In the beginning it was simply a small festival that was used as a showcase for emerging talent, but like many successful ventures it has found an audience and has been rapidly expanding ever since.

Take Advantage of the Expanse Workshop Series

One of the unique aspects of the Expanse festival is the ability for members of the community to participate in the event through the workshop series. A wide range of workshops will be offered across different disciplines, and there are even bulk discounts available for those who choose to participate in multiple workshops. This makes it easy to get a quick overview of the interdisciplinary arts scene. Though Edmonton might seem like an unlikely host to such a modern type of artistic festival, the Expanse festival embodies exactly what it means to be an Edmontonian. The city is full of creative people who are constantly trying to push outside of themselves and create meaningful art that can make a mark on the world. This festival is just one of the great developments and cultural outputs that the city is producing, making Edmonton a great place to live for anyone who values creativity and the arts. Unlike larger urban centers, Edmonton is sized just right so that the creative community is big enough to attract attention and small enough to easily fit in to. If you’re a visual or performing artist looking to break into the arts scene in Alberta's capital region, contact us today to search homes in the area. We’ll help you find the perfect Edmonton home, so you can start developing your artistic profile in the community.

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