Banff Restructures As Recession Bites

Wednesday, 9 December 2009

A major restructuring at the Banff Centre is underway, but it's not clear yet how big an impact it will have on what has hitherto been regarded as the world's premier centre for mountain culture. Mountain Culture and Environment, essentially the department that runs Banff's mountain festivals and cultural program, will cease to exist and its director, David Cox, made redundant. A spokeswoman for Banff told C&F that as far as the book and film festivals are concerned, it's business as usual: "The Mountain Festivals are a flagship program of The Banff Centre and will continue to be so in the future. As well, programming such as the Mountain Writing, Adventure Photography, and Adventure Filmmakers Workshop will continue. Mountain Writing has been, and will continue to be, a program of our Literary Arts department." The spokeswoman added that the changes at Banff are "an internal organisation adjustment". Others may not be reassured. Bernadette McDonald's great vision was to bring adventurers and the cultures they visited under the same roof. That's a project that will be greatly mourned, if it really does disappear.

Posted by Ed Douglas at 6.54 PM