Electrifying Edmonton and Celebrating Nikola Tesla Day on July 9, 2023
Our warmest thanks to the many who gathered under the Zeidler Dome at The TELUS World of Science– Edmonton, for a very memorable celebration of Nikola Tesla’s 167th birthday and the 5th year since Nikola Tesla Day was officially proclaimed in Edmonton.
Guests were treated to an exciting program of educational, informative and fun-filled activities related to this year’s theme of Electrifying Edmonton. As a warm-up to the program, children and adults alike perused the two exhibit tables displayed by the Nikola Tesla Historical Society of Alberta (NTHSA) and by the Edmonton Power Historical Foundation (EPHF). They were also intrigued by the demonstrations of various electrical experiments at the Syncrude Science Stage, including the impressive Tesla Coil. Matthew Green brought out the wonders of science and electricity with his Arcs and Sparks live show.
The program opened with both the NTHSA’s President, Lillian Beltaos, and Frank Florian from The TELUS World of Science – Edmonton, welcoming the audience. Councillor Keren Tang followed with greetings from the City of Edmonton. She highlighted the importance of energy to the province and Tesla’s technological contributions to the world.
Our keynote speaker, Vic Djurdjevic, President of NTEC from Hamilton, brought the history of electrification in Canada and Edmonton to life with his slides and expert delivery of the topic. This dove-tailed perfectly with the Edmonton Power Historical Foundation’s exhibit of a LEGO model of the 1902 Rossdale Power Plant, and their High Level Bridge video. A brief film produced by the NTHSA featured the story of Tesla’s birth on a dark and stormy midnight, rounded out by another movie, entitled Nikola Tesla: Spirit, Work, Vision, produced by the Nikola Tesla Museum in Belgrade.
The program was further enlivened by a spellbinding laser light show that was synchronized to the music, Electricity, by the U.K. band, OMD, known for their audiovisual spectacles relating to Electricity. A brief but elegant musical and textual ending to this portion of the program was a video illustrating Nikola Tesla’s impact on the world, which concluded with a powerful visual of a lit-up globe of the world. The driving beat of AC/DC’s Thunderstruck captured the drama of the lightning storm surrounding Tesla’s birth.
A further fun-filled Tesla Quiz with the audience, including draws for various door prizes, coupled with a second opportunity to watch the science experiments at the Syncrude Science Stage, brought the celebration to an end. Masa Dobrijevic was the lucky winner of the miniature Tesla Coil and Plasma Ball!
A successful event of this scale requires an extensive team of experts. Thanks are extended to our wonderful M.C., Dr. Adam Bergren, for keeping the program on track, the NTHSA Board and volunteers, TELUS World of Science – Edmonton, the management, production and presentation team, and our partners and donors whose support was integral to our success.
Partners, Contributors and Donors
Nikola Tesla Historical Society of Alberta
TELUS World of Science – Edmonton
Edmonton Power Historical Foundation (EPHF) Leduc
Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark, (OMD), UK
Nikola Tesla Museum, Belgrade
Calgary Tesla Society
Nikola Tesla Educational Corporation, Hamilton
Edmonton Heritage Council
City of Edmonton, Community Services
Organizers, Presenters and Participants in the Program
Lillian D. Beltaos, NTHSA
Trevor Prentice, TELUS World of Science -- Edmonton
Frank Florian, TELUS World of Science – Edmonton
Matthew Green, TELUS World of Science -- Edmonton
Andrew Beltaos, NTHSA
Dr. Adam Bergren, Nanotechnology Research Centre, NRC
Councillor Keren Tang, City of Edmonton
Djordje Srnic, NTHSA
Vic Djordjevic, NTEC, Hamilton
Lydia Emanuel, NTHSA
Dr. Branka Barl, NTHSA
Gary Millang, EPHF
Paul Collis, EPHF
Robert Litschel, NTHSA
Rebecca Wiltenburg, NTHSA
Capt. Terry Beltaos, NTHSA
David Ballantyne, NTHSA
Dr. Angela Beltaos, NTHSA
Photography: Marko Srnic, Djordje Srnic, Cindy Arcand, Dr. Angela Beltaos, Andrew Beltaos, Rebecca Wiltenburg, Nadine Leenders
July 10, 1856
Music: Dr. Adam Bergren, Producer: Lillian Beltaos, Graphics: Doodle Machine
Celebrating Nikola Tesla
Music: Andrew Beltaos, Producer: Lillian Beltaos, Graphics: Doodle Machine
Nikola Tesla: Spirit, Work, Vision
Producer: Nikola Tesla Museum, Belgrade, Serbia
High Level Bridge Video
Music: Andrew Beltaos, Producer: Edmonton Power Historical Foundation
Waltz for Nikola Tesla
Music: Andrew Beltaos, Producer: Lillian Beltaos, Graphics: Giuseppe Sellaroli
Music: Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark (OMD)
Graphics and Visuals: Nathan Wan, Andrew Liddle
Original Film Creator: Hambi Haralambrous, 2007
Projection: TELUS World of Science – Edmonton
Note: July 10 – High Level Bridge was lit up in blue in honour of Nikola Tesla