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A National Celebration of Arts and Culture

Mark your calendars: the 10th annual Culture Days weekend takes place September 27, 28 & 29, 2019!

On the last weekend of each September, millions of people across the country attend thousands of free, participatory arts and culture events in their communities and beyond. By profiling hands-on arts and cultural programming and creating direct connections between the public and creators, Culture Days is making arts and culture more accessible, and is building measureable support for the sector.

Culture Days works with a wide network of event organizers—from grassroots community volunteers to major arts and culture institutions—to make the weekend a success. With Culture Days offices operating in many provinces and territories, the national organization maintains a Canada-wide scope while having on the ground connection to communities. We provide marketing and industry development resources that lead to greater cultural engagement, and manage a multi-tiered advertising campaign that provides a common thread through the variety of events happening over the weekend.

Culture Days is a collaborative initiative that welcomes public participation. Everyone has a part to play in Culture Days whether you’re already passionate about the arts or interested in discovering something new.

 

To see our community come together in celebration of the various cultures was a dream come true for me. To have each and every aspect of our community presented, and enjoyed was so rewarding.
-Anne Wilson, Elbow & District Museum, Saskatchewan

History

Culture Days was created in recognition that art and culture contribute directly to a healthy and vibrant society. Inspired by the success and impact of Quebec’s Journées de la culture weekend, Culture Days was initiated by The Canadian Arts Summit in 2010. It has since generated enthusiastic interest, participation, and support from a rapidly growing network of artists, organizations, municipalities, as well as the private and public sector and media across the country.

In 2017, Culture Days was granted charitable status, allowing the organization to better meet their mission and more effectively engage Canadians. To donate, visit our Canada Helps page.

Culture Days takes place on the last Friday in September and the following weekend every year.

Mission

Culture Days is a registered charity (BN: 822013033RR0001) which aims to:

Culture Days believes that every individual — regardless of age, location or experience — has the right to access and participate actively in arts and culture.

Culture Days also believes that the arts and cultural sector makes a vital contribution to the economic and social development of Canada and contributes to the overall health of the country.

People who had never participated in the arts before found it exciting and rewarding, finding a side of themselves they did not think existed. To us, that is what Culture Days is all about.
-Pam MacKenzie, Consolidated Artist Group of 7s (North Bay, ON)