Culture Days

Culture Days

August 26, 2010 14:41 ET

Canada Embraces Culture Days: To Date More Than 3500 Free Activities Offered for Nation's First Weekend-Long Arts and Culture Party

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Aug. 26, 2010) -

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Canada has responded! Thousands of individual artists, groups and organizations in every province and territory have created and registered more than 3500 free arts and culture activities for Culture Days 2010 – the nation's largest free weekend-long arts and culture celebration. 

The inaugural event – taking place September 24 to 26 across the country (under the existing event Journées de la culture in Québec), and on September 17 to 19 in Alberta (under the existing event Alberta Arts Days) – will see creators in more than 500 cities and towns open their doors to Canadians and offer a range of family-friendly activities including hands-on classes, indoor and outdoor excursions, seminars and panels and behind-the-scenes experiences. Activities are designed to inspire greater participation in arts and culture and are available in a range of disciplines including: 

- Heritage: venue tours, costumed tours, lectures and demos including how to march like RCMP

- Music: sing-alongs, participatory concerts, instrument petting zoos, symphonies, operas and workshops 

- Dance: Korean, Hip Hop, Bollywood, Indigenous, Flamenco and Argentine Tango lessons 

- Visual arts: stone and wood sculpting, rug hooking, exhibits, painting and pottery classes

- Film or video: interactive documentary screenings, TV network open houses and film festivals 

- Theatre: playwright readings, open rehearsals, combat workshops, demos and backstage tours

- Architecture, design, literary, new media and more! 

Culture Days represents Canada's largest arts and culture public participation campaign. The celebration has resonated with rural and urban communities alike reaching milestone activity numbers in just four months since its launch in April with 2000 events hosted in Quebec, 700 in Ontario, 200 in Alberta and 115 in Manitoba to name a few. Culture Days activities range in both existing and new events that have pooled together to join the national movement. 

With four weeks left before the national rollout, Culture Days shows no signs of slowing down. The program is seeing an average 20 per cent increase in activity registrations week-over-week. Canadians can stay on top of what activities are being added by searching for events in their area online.

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About Culture Days

Culture Days ( is a collaborative pan-Canadian volunteer movement to raise the awareness, accessibility, participation and engagement of all Canadians in the arts and cultural life of their communities. Culture Days was initiated by four Founding Partners: The Canadian Arts Summit, Culture pour tous (producer of les Journées de la culture), Canada Council for the Arts and The Banff Centre. National partners supporting the development of Culture Days include Founding Presenting Partner Sun Life Financial, Power Corporation of Canada and The Government of Alberta. Media partners include The Globe and Mail, St. Joseph Communications and CBC. Provincial partners include Government of Alberta, SaskCulture, Manitoba Homecoming, Government of Manitoba, Ontario Arts Council, Government of Prince Edward Island, Government of New Brunswick, Government of Newfoundland & Labrador, and the Government of Northwest Territories. Culture Days was inspired by Journées de la culture, produced by Culture pour tous in Québec since 1997.

For more information or to coordinate interviews with provincial representatives or local activity organizers, please contact:

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Shauna Simons
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