Perform, or soak it up – fifth annual Culture Days seeks to engage all comers

From lone printmakers and aerial artists to chess players and folk-dancers and lofty paintings – the artistry of thousands of Manitobans will be on display.

By Michelle Rosner

Nuit Blanche Winnipeg audience at Electric Kool-Aid Almond Test last year in the Exchange District. (Photo Courtesy of Gaune Studios Photography.)
Nuit Blanche Winnipeg audience at Electric Kool-Aid Almond Test last year in the Exchange District. (Photo Courtesy of Gaune Studios Photography.)

Vibrant and diverse, Winnipeg’s cultural scene is full of exciting events in the summertime. The Winnipeg Folk Festival, the Winnipeg Fringe Theatre Festival and Folklorama are only a handful of the celebrations of arts and culture that attract the public throughout July and August. Capping off the season is Culture Days Manitoba which celebrates its fifth anniversary Sept. 26 to 28.

As Canada’s largest cultural event – with national as well as provincial backing – Culture Days boasts more events across the country than any other. More than 40,000 Manitobans attended over 300 volunteer activities in 2013. Once again, Winnipeg was declared top spot in Canada with the most events of any city while Flin Flon secured fourth place among regional communities across the country.

Culture Days Manitoba encourages any and all arts organization to participate in the weekend of culture. Past and present activity organizers include such prominent local organizations as the Royal Winnipeg Ballet, the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra and the Winnipeg Art Gallery as well as independent art galleries including Plug In Institute of Contemporary Art Gallery, aceartinc, Gurevich Fine Art and Mentoring Artists for Women’s Art.

Independent artists open their doors to the public as an invitation to come and experience the artistic process and take in the final product. Dance studios offer workshops (we’ve even had aerial circus workshops for the very daring!). From chess workshops to performances by l’Ensemble Folklorique de la Rivière-Rouge to Chinese line dancing to collaborative mural making, Culture Days Manitoba proudly represents the panoply of artistic and cultural expression offered here.

Nuit Blanche Winnipeg, the all night celebration of contemporary art on Saturday, Sept. 27 is always seeking new and unique submissions to illuminate the Exchange District, Saint Boniface and Winnipeg’s downtown. Anyone can participate, and all events are free to the public.

Groups and individuals interested in getting involved in Culture Days Manitoba or Nuit Blanche Winnipeg are invited to visit mb.culturedays.ca for more information or contact mb@culturedays.ca or 204-942-8221. Let’s again make it a weekend to remember!

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