(Photo by Sustainival)

By Metro Calgary  June 10, 2013

Arts, science and engineering will collide around Calgary in just a few short months, as organizers announced some of the over-the-top events scheduled for the first ever Beakerhead.

Co-founded by Jay Ingram, formerly of the Discovery Channel’s Daily Planet, Beakerhead will be a five-day celebration of all things creative.

“I’ve got to be honest — even I don’t know exactly what it’s going to look like but I’m sure it’s going to be crazy, and eccentric and wonderful,” explained Ingram at the official launch Wednesday.

From Sustainival (an entirely green carnival and midway) to pop-up gathering places around the city, to mutant art cars parading through Calgary, Ingram explained, the possibilities are really endless.

“It’s thinking about the entire city as a stage, and we want to put performances on that stage.”

Beakerhead will also be given $400,000 for their first year from the Province of Alberta — a grant Minister of Culture Heather Klimchuk said is well-deserved.

“What appealed to me about this event is the interlinking of science and technology, because we know some of the most scientific minds had a huge passion for creativity and are often artists in their own right,” she said. “It just indicates the innovation that we have here in Calgary and in Alberta.”

For more on the programs expected to be offered during Beakerhead, as well as events happening beforehand, visit beakerhead.org. It runs from Sept. 11 to 15 throughout Calgary.

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