GlobalFest’s Human Rights Forum

August 7, 2018

August 11, 2018


John Dutton Theatre Library, Macleod Trail Southeast, Calgary



Events Description


The Human Rights Forum has been offered since 2007 as part of GlobalFest’s programming to promote diversity, cross cultural respect, and equality in our community. Our annual Human Rights Forum topics are structured around UNESCO’s Coalition of Municipalities against Racism and Discrimination.

This year’s theme is Back to Basics: Healing racism and discrimination through community living. We are stripping our Forum dialogue down to its studs, and returning to the fundamentals. How do we recover from centuries of colonialism and global warfare? How do we heal the wounds of violence in our communities inflicted by racism and discrimination? We start with the basics: taking shelter, earning an income to support our loved ones and ourselves, properly nourishing our bodies and finding courage through education. Finally, we celebrate our self-determination and ability to see the best in others.

The Human Rights Forum features 4 evenings of panel discussion on the themes of Shelter, Good Work, Food Dignity, and Learning Together. Our speakers include a highly knowledgeable group of academics, community leaders, educators and urban artists in a format that encourages the sharing of experiences, knowledge, and the practical solutions necessary to address issues of racism and discrimination.

The concluding day of the Forum, Future Generations, features a 1 hour performance by Indigenous LA-based Hip Hop group Lightning Cloud, and a 30 minute performance of TRUTH Production, a theatre project with a blended cast of Indigenous and non-Indigenous urban artists; creating, working and performing together to celebrate cultural resiliency through artistic performances based on true-life stories of Indigenous people in Alberta and globally.

Who is it for?
Youth and Adults


Tickets : FREE
How to get tickets?

At the door: Free


Date & Time:

Tuesday, August 7 – Saturday, August 11, 2018

Tuesday, August 7: Take Shelter
Wednesday, August 8: Good Work
Thursday, August 9: Food Dignity
Friday, August 10: Learning Together
Saturday, August 11: Future Generations


Doors open at 3:30 p.m.,

Receptions: 4:30 p.m.–5:00 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.–7:30 p.m.,

Presentation runs 5:00 p.m.-6:30 p.m.

Saturday: Doors open at 12:00 p.m., Reception at 12:30 p.m.–1:00 p.m.,

Presentation runs 1:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m.


Venue: Central Calgary Public Library
John Dutton Theatre – 2nd Floor
616 Macleod Trail SE
Calgary, AB

Street Parking
Transit Recommended – Located right by the City Hall C-Train station
Public transport accessible
Transit Recommended – Located right by the City Hall C-Train station

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