GlobalFest and Air Canada are bringing the world to Calgary! 

CALGARY, AB – GlobalFest is proud to announce that Air Canada has become the Official Airline of GlobalFest. This partnership between two organizations that put culture and inclusivity at the centre of their actions will help foster the initiatives that promote diversity and provide an inclusive platform for the many voices throughout Calgary. 

In support of GlobalFest, Alberta’s Most Explosive Festival, Air Canada will be transporting pyro-technicians from the United States, Spain, China and Canada for the Trico Homes International Fireworks Festival, in addition to Human Rights Forum speakers from across North America. 

Both Air Canada and GlobalFest believe in providing a stage for the many communities that reside in Calgary and the surrounding regions. By having an interactive cultural festival in the city, and allowing voices within the multicultural communities to be heard, GlobalFest strives to bring people from all corners of the world together. The support of like-minded organizations, such as Air Canada, allows GlobalFest to continue its work as a community development agency. 

Ken Goosen, Producer of GlobalFest, states that, “individual and communal expression through arts and culture is vital to creating a sense of community, which is imperative to Calgary’s success as a multicultural destination. Thanks to Air Canada, we are giving Calgarians the opportunity to experience artistic perspectives from across the globe at GlobalFest, and discuss international issues with speakers at our Forum in the Fall.”

Ferio Pugliese, Air Canada’s Senior Vice President, Air Canada Express and Government Relations, said, “We are very pleased to partner with GlobalFest as this event is a shining example of our commitment to embracing Canada’s broad mosaic of cultures.  As a global airline, Air Canada proudly celebrates diversity as our customers and stakeholders see themselves and their cultures reflected through the more than 80 languages spoken by our team of 36,000 Air Canada employees worldwide.”

GlobalFest kicks off on August 15 at Elliston Park. Come early to check out the OneWorld Festival and the Air Canada Museum. Don’t forget to take part in the Passport Pursuit challenge, where you could win $500 towards Air Canada flights, and much more! 

GlobalFest’s one-day Human Rights Forum presented by UNA-Canada –Calgary Branch is on September 25. This year’s theme is Breaking the Cycle of Hate.

For more information about GlobalFest, please visit

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 About Air Canada

Air Canada is Canada’s largest domestic and international airline, serving nearly 220 airports on six continents. Canada’s flag carrier is among the 20 largest airlines in the world and in 2018 served nearly 51 million customers. Air Canada provides scheduled passenger service directly to 62 airports in Canada, 54 in the United States and 100 in Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Asia, Australia, the Caribbean, Mexico, Central America and South America. Air Canada is a founding member of Star Alliance, the world’s most comprehensive air transportation network serving 1, 317 airports in 193 countries. Air Canada is the only international network carrier in North America to receive a Four-Star ranking according to independent U.K. research from Skytrax, which also named Air Canada the 2019 Best Airline in North America. For more information, please visit:, follow @AirCanada on Twitter and join Air Canada on Facebook. 

 About GlobalFest

GlobalFest is dedicated to celebrating and showcasing the cultural diversity and artistic excellence within our communities and across the globe. In addition to producing an inclusive cultural festival, GlobalFest’s year-round initiatives strive to shine a spotlight on the importance of conversation and interaction of our multicultural communities. From the Urban Arts Program to the annual Human Rights Forum, GlobalFest is dedicated to opening dialogue, inducing engagement and understanding perspective between pieces of the Calgarian cultural mosaic. For more information about GlobalFest, visit or follow us @globalfestyyc.

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