Canada’s artists, and their fans, prepare for a weekend of Culture Days activities

Be prepared to be cultured this September - Culture Days are back! Photo courtesy of Gaune Studios.
Be prepared to be cultured this September – Culture Days are back! Photo courtesy of Gaune Studios.

Manitoba, a leader in this cultural movement, staged the most events of any province last year. Celebrations continue to spread in North America and Europe.

Once again this September the province, in fact the entire country, will be celebrating the annual Culture Days. Manitobans will be invited to create, participate in and celebrate hundreds of cultural activities taking place across the province.

The fourth annual Culture Days weekend will take place Sept. 27, 28 and 29, inviting the public to discover the world of artists, creators, historians, architects, curators, designers and other creative people in their communities.

With the support of volunteer groups at the national, provincial and local levels, hundreds of thousands of artists, cultural workers, organizations and groups, volunteers and supporters mobilize to host free participatory public activities that take place in hundreds of cities and towns throughout the country over the last weekend of September each year.

Manitoba has been a leader in the Culture Days movement since its inception. Last year, close to 300 events took place across the province, from Churchill as far southward as Altona. Winnipeg had the distinction of holding more events – 170 in total – than any other city in the country. Flin Flon was in seventh place among cities and towns with over 70 events.

Manitoba Culture Days manager Kevin Walters recommends you go out and discover something new at this year’s Culture Days. “See something you have never seen; listen to something you have never heard; go somewhere you have never been”, is Walters recommendation for a fun-filled weekend.

Truly, Manitoba Culture Days does have something for everyone. From activities for students at the Forks on Friday, to the Royal Winnipeg Ballet’s Dance Downtown on Sunday to visits to many of the small galleries and museums across the province there is something to satisfy every cultural palette.

Nuit Blanche, a free all-night celebration of contemporary art – a celebration that is gradually spreading across this continent and Europe – takes place here the Saturday evening, Sept. 28. Centered around three zones – Downtown, (including the Winnipeg Art Gallery’s huge Nuit Blanche at the WAG), the Exchange District and St Boniface – the event traditionally sees thousands of Manitobans venturing out in the evening to celebrate and experience art.

Founded in 2009, Culture Days is operated by a non-profit organization of the same name. As a leading voice for the active and engaged cultural life of all Canadians, Culture Days, the organization, provides support, tools and resources to a wide variety of artists and cultural organizations to help them unite the country through engagement in culture.

Culture Days Manitoba co-chairs Jean Giguère and Sylviane Lanthier, have been a part of the planning process since the event was launched in 2010. “Every year we’re amazed of the commitment we see from our communities,” Jean says. “Arts organizations and artists open their doors and allow us to explore their world.”

“Who would we be without music, art, dance, theatre and poetry?” adds Sylviane Lanthier. “In Manitoba, we celebrate a culture that has many facets and many faces. We have a flourishing arts culture scene in French communities like Saint-Boniface and across Manitoba and we welcome everyone to experience something new and exciting over the three day weekend.”

For more information visit the Manitoba Culture Days website at www.mb.culturedays.ca or the Nuit Blanche website at www.nuiteblanchewinnipeg.ca.

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