COVID-19 Response

Dear Wordfesters

Wordfest will be pausing our event programming until after the Easter Break. We are about making live connections between authors and Calgarians, up close and very personal — and sadly, that isn’t possible with the ever-changing developments with COVID-19. Giving up our “space” for a brief window so that we can help protect everyone is the difficult, but responsible decision.

We are working to reschedule March and early April appearances and will be offering refunds to existing ticketholders. (You can expect an email from us shortly.)

We thank you for your understanding and continued support. Know that we are still planning BIG magical things, including our 25th anniversary celebration this fall, and that we truly value the connections we have with all of you, even if the hugs, the laughter, and the inspiration have to be virtual at this moment. Best of all, we’re READERS at heart, so this pause gives us a chance to finally tackle those delicious books from past Wordfest events stacked by the bedside table.

Year-Round Events

All events currently advertised on our schedule will proceed as planned. If the situation changes and there is a cancellation or postponement, ticket holders will be the first to know. Currently the risk of contracting COVID-19 in Alberta remains low. We want to assure you that cleaning and disinfecting protocols are in place at our venues. We encourage compliance with public health advisories to keep yourself and your neighbours healthy.

Fall Festival

Our 25th anniversary Imaginairium Festival (Sept. 29 – Oct. 4, 2020) is six months away. We are cautiously optimistic that everything will proceed as usual and we are continuing in full-on planning mode.

In the meantime, we are following the Public Health Agency of Canada‘s mass gathering risk assessment protocol. We are being vigilant, and we are communicating with our colleagues, stakeholders and the City of Calgary. We are, of course, committed to the health and safety of everyone — our audiences, volunteers, staff and artists — and we look forward to seeing you soon.

If you have any questions or concerns related to COVID-19, please contact us.