Here comes Culture Days 2015 with its moments to remember

Have you ever been taught how to wind a turban? Do you know how to catch and identify local songbirds? How sinuous are your belly dancing movements? These kinds of unexpected questions are evoked by the vibrant events list coming together for this year’s Culture Days Manitoba.

As Canada’s largest cultural celebration, Culture Days encourages artists, performers and community organizations to turn out in grand numbers for a weekend of activities showcasing our country’s cultural diversity. Last September in Manitoba, over 40,000 people attended over 350 Culture Days events, and Winnipeg once again outscored the rest of the country with its record setting number of events.

Starting Sept. 25 this province and the nation will hold its 6th annual celebration, and notable Manitoba organizations like the Royal Winnipeg Ballet, the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra, The Forks and the Canadian Museum for Human Rights have all planned free events.

Concurrently, independent artists will be opening their doors to the public with an invitation to come and experience the artistic process. Local dance studios like Chai Folk Ensemble and Au Set Bellydance will offer sneak previews of their regular performance season. Jewellers like Redd Line will host workshops, and beloved Chocolatier Constance Popp will offer chocolatemaking demos and sweet treats to eat.

These are just a few of the independent artists and arts groups who will be displaying their products and prowess during the three-day event.

For night owls, Nuit Blanche Winnipeg, Culture Days’ now-traditional, allnight- Saturday celebration of contemporary art, is continuing to search out new and exceptional submissions to illuminate the Exchange District, Saint Boniface and Winnipeg’s downtown.

Anyone and everyone can participate – that’s the greatest feature of this cultural celebration, and all events are free to the public.

If you would like to get involved in Culture Days Manitoba or Nuit Blanche Winnipeg, visit mb.culturedays.ca for more information or contact mb@culturedays.ca or 204-942-8221. And take some time Feb. 25, 26 and 27 time to uncover for yourself the many creations, talents and moments of excitement that Manitoba’s Culture Days offers.

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