A Spotlight on Calgary's Cultural Ambassadors:
Michael Batke

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 Michael Batke. Michael, now Chef and Co-owner of Alley Burger, has spent many years exploring different cuisines on different teams and in different cities. He even worked alongside Hiro Sone, Wolfgang Puck's former Executive Sous-Chef, and had the pleasure of cooking for celebrities including Bruce Willis and Danny Glover.

Michael believes that Calgary's food scene has exploded. With the introduction of new chefs, the creativity and variety of new foods and the use of local farmers and local ingredients, Calgary's food scene is developing and inspiring.

View Michael's thoughts on arts and culture in Calgary in the video below.

Fashion Calgary Portrait Campaign 2013 - Exclusive interview with Michael Batke by Ania Basak from Fashion Calgary on Vimeo.


Fashion CalgaryFashion 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. 

To view the Fashion Calgary website, click here 

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