Saturday, September 22, 2012

 

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Culture Days

Wrap up September with some art, film and music

Released by Andrea Grau, Touchwood PR/Voice file photos

 

ulture Days is back for a third year and it is clear that Canadians love culture. The event kicks off on September 28-30 with thousands of free hands-on activities and events taking place across the country.

 

Each activity offers an exciting and unique opportunity for the public as well as artistic and cultural organizations to interact and familiarize themselves with each other in their own communities.

Compared to 2011, there has been a 30% increase in participation by artists and cultural organizations of all types across the country. There are some 7,000 activities scheduled in nearly 800 communities that are designed to enrich the public’s appetite for Architecture, Comedy, Dance, Music, Comedy, Visual Arts, Heritage, Culinary Arts, Theatre, Literature and so much more.

In addition, over 20 official celebratory kick-off events will happen across the country leading up to the Culture Days weekend.

“We are amazed by the spectacular growth of Culture Days since its inception in 2010. It is extremely gratifying to see how artists, cultural organizations and the public look forward to this wide-spread annual celebration of culture across the country,” said Antoni Cimolino, General Director and Artistic Director Designate of the Stratford Shakespeare Festival and Chair of Culture Days National Steering Committee.

“In addition to increased participation each year, we are also seeing a significant increase in the number of municipalities galvanizing around Culture Days across Canada. This is underscored by many Mayors signing Culture Days proclamations affirming the immeasurable economic and social value that a vibrant arts and culture life offers their citizens and the well being of their communities. It’s exhilarating to be a part of this creative awakening.”

With so many events that available to partake in – it’s time for Canadians to start planning their Culture Days weekend using the Sun Life Bright Spots Schedule that was introduced last year. This free, on-line tool allows individuals to create a personalized schedule of activities taking place in their community over the Culture Days weekend.

There is even a short online video tutorial to show just how easy it is to use. Schedules can be effortlessly exported to other calendar platforms or to a PDF format that can be easily e-mailed and there is a mobile site that was designed for those who are on-the-go. Activities can be selected categorically, by region or by keyword.

 

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