Culture Days invites everyone to explore, discover and participate in arts and culture in every community across the country. In 2015, more than 2 million people participated in 7,600 activities in nearly 900 cities and towns. Last year, more than 2000 activities were presented across Ontario.
This year’s Culture Days weekend will take place on September 29, 30 and October 1, 2017. Once again, the event will feature free, hands-on, interactive activities that invite the public to participate “behind the scenes”—and to discover the world of artists, creators, historians, architects, curators, and designers at work in their community.
As a grassroots, collaborative movement, Culture Days relies on your participation. Whether as an arts or cultural organization, an artist, a municipality, a school, a citizen, a business person…everyone can play a role in shaping this event. So get involved!
Culture Days takes place on the last Friday in September and the following weekend each year.
2017: Sept. 29 & 30 & Oct. 1
2018: Sept. 28, 29 & 30
2019: Sept. 27, 28 & 29
2020: Sept. 25, 26 & 27
2021: Sept 24, 25 & 26
Culture Days is . . . collaborative drawing with your community at STUDIOHERE in Fergus! Photo: Bill Longshaw.
"Culture lies at the heart of urban renewal and innovation." - Irina Bokova, Director-General of UNESCO A UNESCO report published recently details the importance of including Culture within city planning and urban development as it is "culture gives cities social and economic power". The report made 12 recommendations, such as enhancing the quality of public spaces through culture. For more details and the full list of recommendations, visit: http://www.blouinartinfo.com/news/story/1637170/unesco-report-says-culture-makes-cities-safer-and-stronger? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lvOCk8lsvlE
Interested in Collaborative Practices? Come on down to the Canada's National Ballet School today at 1:30 to hear Ontario Culture Days Executive Director Aubrey Reeves and a bevy of smart folks such as Jessa Agilo, Lila Yasmin Karim and Andrea Nann, talk about their approaches to collaboration.
Culture Days is . . . doing the Hula with AlohaFest Toronto and learning all about the traditional Hawaiian dance in Markham! Photo: Kevin Jones.