A Spotlight on Calgary's Cultural Ambassadors:
Fashion Calgary Portrait Campaign, an initiative spearheaded by Fashion Calgary founders, Ania Basak and Rafal Wegiel, was developed to enhance the recognition of Calgary's burgeoning cultural scene and to bring appreciation to arts and culture in Calgary.
Fashion Calgary collaborates with many different Calgarians in various fields to determine what culture means to them and why Calgary is such a cultural city. Fashion Calgary Portrait Campaign 2013 discovered many exceptional Calgarians and leaders within the community and have selected them to be this year's ambassadors.
One of those ambassadors is Jean Grande-Maître, one of the most successful Canadian choreographers of his generation. Jean has previously worked as a choreographer and director for many prestigious dance companies, stage musicals, opera companies, circus perfomers, theatres, festivals and for film and television. He has been commissioned by world-renowned dance companies in Paris, Milan and Oslo, among other destinations. Jean has also choreographed large scale events, such as the Opening and Closing Ceremonies of the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics.
To add to Jean's many successes, while acting as Alberta Ballet's Artistic Director, he has also helped to successfully build the company's national and international profile, taking the company on many highly successful national and international tours and receiving considerable public and critical acclaim.
View Jean's thoughts on arts and culture in Calgary in the video below.
Fashion Calgary Portrait Campaign is an initiative spearheaded by Fashion Calgary founders, Ania Basak and Rafal Wegiel. Basak and Wegiel are devoted to diligently raising the profile of arts and fashion in Calgary though innovative measures and grass roots methods.
In 2012, the campaign featured "the ambassadors" who represented various fields related to culture by presenting their portraits together with their own expressions about the meaning of culture in their life. The completion of Fashion Calgary Portrait Campaign 2012 was the Gala event, created to celebrate its success in establishing Calgary as a cultural centre.
In creating this campaign, Basak and Wegiel hope to enhance Calgary's image in the country while encouraging Calgarians to take part in the many arts activities our city has to offer. In the long-term, Fashion Calgary has a strong desire to spread the idea of highlighting the appreciation of art & culture throughout the country of Canada.