‘springstART’ Festival Returns to Banff National Park

Banff and Lake Louise Welcome Spring with a Celebration of Arts, Culture and History

‘springstART’ Festival Returns to Banff National Park

Banff National Park, Alberta (March 27, 2013) – Banff National Park is bursting into the season of renewal with the second-annual springstART festival April 5 – 21, 2013.

With a diverse collection of events highlighting the iconic mountain park’s cultural and artistic heritage, the second-annual springstARTfestival will welcome visitors with photography workshops, historical walking and ski tours, special gallery exhibits, weekend ‘culture crawls’, and live music including performances by Randy Bachman and Cowboy Junkies

“For over a century, Banff National Park has inspired explorers to translate their adventures into artistic renderings, whether it be through painting, photography, film, music or performance,” says John Bowden of Banff Heritage Tourism. “ThespringstARTfestival celebrates this legacy by welcoming park visitors with a wide variety of family-friendly performances, exhibits and interpretive tours dedicated to this rich mountain heritage.” 

Amongst the many events scheduled to take place during the festival, other highlights will include screenings of some of the best films to emerge from the world-famous Banff Mountain Film and Book Festival, story-telling by First Nations and local legends, and guided heritage tours of homes, hotels, museums and the great outdoors. 

ThespringstARTfestival is a partnership between Banff Heritage Tourism, Parks Canada, The Banff Centre, The Town of Banff, Banff Lake Louise Tourism and many local industry partners. 

For a full schedule of springstARTevents, please visit www.banfflakelouise.com/springstART.

For tickets to performances at The Banff Centre, including Randy Bachman on April 11 and Cowboy Junkies on April 21, please visit http://www.banffcentre.ca/events/box_office/

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About the Partners 

Banff Heritage Tourism - The purpose of the Heritage Tourism Strategy is to preserve and celebrate Banff’s unique mountain culture and environment. By connecting with tourists, businesses and locals, BHT can continue to advance important heritage tourism elements and make a tangible difference to the visitor experience in BNP www.banfflakelouise.com/banff-heritage-tourism

The Banff Centre - Founded in 1933, The Banff Centre is a globally-respected arts, leadership, and educational institute, located in the heart of Canada’s Banff National Park. The Banff Centre is the largest arts incubator on the planet. New art and ideas are born at the Centre every day. Through its multidisciplinary programming, The Banff Centre provides artists, leaders, and researchers with the support they need to create, and the develop solutions and new ideas. www.banffcentre.ca 

Parks Canada - Parks Canada manages a Canada-wide family of 44 national parks, 4 national marine conservation areas and 167 national historic sites on behalf of Canadians. Parks Canada offers Canadians a myriad of opportunities to discover, enjoy and learn about Canada’s natural wonders and about the places, persons and events that left their mark on our country’s landscape, architecture, culture, economy, population and lifestyle. www.pc.gc.ca/banff  

Banff Lake Louise Tourism- Banff Lake Louise Tourism is a destination marketing organization for the Town of Banff, Community of Lake Louise and Banff National Park.  Supporting over 800 businesses, our mission is to engage visitors in unrivalled, remarkable experiences with our membership. www.banfflakelouise.com

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