Creativity Incubator – Banff Center

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The Banff Centre is the largest arts and creativity incubator on the planet. The mission is inspiring creativity. Over 8,000* artists, leaders, and researchers from across Canada and around the world participate in programs at The Banff Centre every year. Through its multidisciplinary programming, The Banff Centre provides them with the support they need to create, to develop solutions, and to make the impossible possible.

The 959-seat Eric Harvie Theatre is the main auditorium in the theatre complex. The stage is raised from the audience. The seating is fixed and rakes back 26 rows from A to BB. The Eric Harvie is the largest theatre and regularly accommodates opera, dance, a wide variety of music, film, drama, and conferences.

Made in Banff. Shared with the World.

The Banff Centre adds to Canada's and the world's cultural repertoire by commissioning, supporting, and producing new creative works. The goal is to develop multidimensional artists for the international stage in an artistically rich learning environment. The leadership programs equip people who want to change the world with the skills to do so. Moving forward, the Centre disseminate the art and ideas developed in Banff using new initiatives in digital, web, radio, and broadcast media.

Arts programs are at the core of The Banff Centre. Programming supports the commissioning and creation of new work by individual artists and arts collectives, and provides resources for collaboration and applied research. Training and professional development is offered at the post-graduate level in more than a dozen art forms including, music, theatre, dance, opera, Indigenous arts, literature, ceramics, print-making, painting, papermaking, photography, sculpture, audio engineering, digital film and video, and new media. Work is showcased in public performance, events, and exhibitions throughout the year, culminating in the annual Banff Summer Arts Festival; and is disseminated beyond Banff through Banff Centre LIVE. The Centre also partners with national and international arts institutions to bring art incubated in Banff to stages and concert halls around the world.

The Banff Centre is supported by funding from the Government of Alberta through Alberta Enterprise and Advanced Education, Alberta Infrastructure, and the Alberta Foundation for the Arts. Arts programs are supported by funding from the Government of Canada through the Canada Council for the Arts, and the Department of Canadian Heritage through the Canada Arts Training Fund. The Banff Centre experience is also enriched through generous support from individuals, corporations, and foundations.

Music Program

Banff Summer Music Festival includes several different programs—a chamber music residency, percussion residency, collaborative piano internship, master classes for strings and winds, piano master classes, brass ensemble residency, and the Banff Festival Orchestra. Puget Sound faculty and students have attended this festival in the past.