Culture Days is a nationwide weekend to celebrate arts and culture. Launched in 2010, this public engagement initiative fosters support for a diverse arts and culture community that is lived, created and expressed by all Ontarians. Accessibility and inclusion are central to our values, and we promote direct interaction between creators and the public as a means to strengthen long-term support for arts and culture.
Starting the last Friday of each September, Culture Days is celebrated in communities large and small. In 2018, our network was active in over 160 communities, registered 1,772 independent programs and attracted 7% of Ontarians to their festivities. Contributing $44.5 million to Ontario’s tourism economy since 2010 ($8.0 million in 2016), each year Ontario Culture Days is made possible thanks to 135,000 artists, workers and volunteers. Culture Days is recognized for our contributions to raising the public profile and awareness of arts and culture across Ontario.