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Social Intercourse: June 20, 2022

It's festival galore this week and next as Edmonton warms up!

In our biweekly column Social Intercourse, we share our picks for notable things happening on campus and in Edmonton. Check out all these amazing local events!

What: National Indigenous Peoples Day with Richard Van Camp

When: June 21 from 10:30 to 11:45 a.m.
Where: Online
Admission: Free

To celebrate National Indigenous Peoples Day, Augustana Campus at the U of A is hosting Richard Van Camp! As part of Augustana’s Indigenous SpeakerH Series, Van Camp will be present doing a session full of storytelling, readings, and prizes! Make sure to grab your tickets if you’re planning to attend!

What: Alberta Circus Arts Festival

When: June 23 to 26
Where: Campus Saint-Jean and Timms Centre for the Arts
Admission: Free and ticketed events

Creating a space for contemporary Canadian circus, this festival offers workshops, speaker panels, and performances for both industry professionals and observers. Hosted by Firefly Theatre and Circus, this event brings circus to audiences of all kinds.

What: Smoke

When: June 23 to July 3
Where: Co*Lab
Admission: Pay-what-you-can

Produced by Tiny Bear Jaws, Smoke explores the complications of sexual assault, gender, and accountability. By having two casts perform the same texts, where one of the main character’s gender is changed every other night, Smoke invites viewers to consider their assumptions around gender and sexualized violence.

What: Edmonton PrideFest

When: June 24 and 25
Where: Churchill Square
Admission: Free

With a mission to support members of the Edmonton LGBTQ2S+ community, PrideFest is definitely not to be missed! There’ll be performers like Fefe Dobson, Luciana, and Virginia to Vegas, along with beer gardens, food trucks, other vendors, and so much more!

What: Local Heroes Film Festival with Indigenous Month

When: June 25 from 8:00 to 10:30 p.m.
Where: Dreamspeakers Festival Society, or online
Admission: Free

Presented by the Edmonton Short Film Festival, this event offers screenings of short films by Indigenous filmmakers in recognition of Indigenous History Month. This event includes a mixer where there are opportunities to meet the directors!

What: Edmonton International Jazz Festival

When: June 26 to July 3
Where: Various locations
Admission: Free and ticketed events

If you’re a fan of jazz, this festival is not to be missed! With international and local talent, this festival highlights jazz in all its forms. There will be free events at Jazz on the Hill, as well as ticketed events to other artists. If jazz is your jam, make sure to support this over-30-year-old Edmonton tradition!

Jin He

Jin previously served as the 2021-22 Production Editor at The Gateway. She also had a brief stint as 2022-23 Production Editor. She is in her first year studying pharmacy. If not sleeping, she can often be found supporting local artisans, obsessing over e-sports, and sporting some wicked earrings.

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