Alberta's most explosive festival is bursting at its seams.
That’s the message GlobalFest producer Ken Goosen is shouting from the hilltop as the multicultural and international fireworks festival enters its 13th season.
More than 1.2 million audience members have passed through the GlobalFest gates at Elliston Park since its inception. Last year GlobalFest hosted Albertans from more than 100 communities outside of Calgary and a number of visitors from neighbouring provinces and states.
“In 2014, finale night ticket sales reached capacity three weeks prior to the festival,” says Goosen. “A waiting list of multicultural groups wishing to participate in the OneWorld Festival exists, but there’s just not enough available green space.”
Goosen says it’s unfortunate organizers are turning away the very individuals, groups and organizations the event was created to serve.
“This is both a challenge and an opportunity,” says Goosen. “We need to grow to meet the demand and at the same time remain affordable and accessible.The validation in the work we are doing can be seen in the overwhelming demand.”
The board of directors and executive team have been scouring the countryside seeking 97 hectares to develop what they hope= will become southern Alberta’s top outdoor festival and concert park.
“The plan is to develop a facility that will not only meet the demands of GlobalFest and other local festivals that are experiencing similar growth and venue challenges, but also to meet the demand for new festivals and performance groups,” says Goosen.
This year the Trico Homes International Fireworks Festival’s theme is Parade of Champions, with four award-winning teams returning for the Aug. 20-29 event.