From Friday, August 22 to Tuesday, September 7, 2021, each luminaire pole on the 100W block of Stephen Avenue Walk will be outfitted with a panel representing the different types of LGBTQIA+ flags (LGBTQ+ Rainbow BIPOC, Transgender, Bisexual, Asexual, Pansexual, and Nonbinary). With Pride looking different for another year, this is an opportunity to activate the downtown in an inclusive way and join in on the Calgary Pride celebrations.
Visit calgarypride.ca for event information and locations.
LGBTQIA+ Representation Downtown
Calgary strives to be a welcoming and inclusive city. There is already a permanent year-round LGBTQ+ Rainbow and Transgender Pride flag crosswalk, installed in July 2019 by The City of Calgary and Calgary Pride. Maintenance of these crosswalks is courtesy of private donors through Zoom Painting, a local small business. Find the Rainbow crosswalk right between Milestones and Modern Steak/The Hyatt Regency Hotel; the Trans crosswalk is just steps away on the west side of Centre Street.
What is Urban Knitting?
Urban knitting, yarnbombing or yarnstorms - are considered non-permanent and non-invasive activations initiated by the guerrilla knitting art resurgence popularized in the mid-2000s. The overall purpose of urban knitting is to make a statement, by changing the way we look at things, and is widely believed that the modern practice is attributed to Magda Sayeg, an artist and business owner from Texas, USA, who founded an artist collective known worldwide as Knitta Please. Knitta's mission is to make street art " a little more warm and fuzzy."