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Alliance Française of Calgary is a premier cultural center, which endeavors to uphold and promote French culture and French language education. Part of the international chain of Alliance Française, this center organizes corporate French courses, workshops and diverse cultural events round the calendar. A delightful cultural exchange takes place, as the events are attended by educationists, professionals, teachers and students from across the globe. Alliance Française of Calgary also has a well-equipped media library that stocks books on French literature, media, cinema and so on. Other activities at the center include film screenings, theater, music, reading sessions and more.
The Wonderland Sculpture is a 12 meter tall (39 feet) art installation, which graces the plaza in front of the iconic Bow building. The sculpture is a bent-wire head of a woman named Wonderland, which causes quite a stir among those who pass by. The sculpture has a small entrance in its neck so that curious viewers can wander through and see what it looks like from the inside. It is a creation of -renowned sculptor Jaume Plensa and was commissioned by the Encana Corporation in a joint program with Cenovus Energy.
Dynamic, metropolitan Calgary lies on the banks of the Bow River and just east of the front ranges of the Canadian Rockies. One of the largest cities in Canada, and the largest in Province of Alberta, Calgary offers the best of city attractions and easy access to outdoor recreation. An oil boom that began in the 1940s turned the city from an agricultural and ranching hub into a metropolis that hosted the Winter Olympic Games in 1988. Remnants of the ranch culture remain, especially with the annual Calgary Stampede Festival, a world-class rodeo, and parade founded by wealthy agriculturalists in 1912. Other cultural attractions include the Glenbow Museum–the largest museum in western Canada–the Chinese Cultural Centre, and the Canadian Olympic Hall of Fame and Museum. The mild weather and proximity to the Rockies and resort towns such as Banff and lovely Lake Louise make Calgary a great launching point for excursions into the Canadian wilderness.