1200 FREE activities as Ontario Celebrates Culture Days

TORONTO, Sept. 13, 2011 /CNW/ - More than 1200 free activities are registered to take place in 170 cities and towns across Ontario for the second annual Culture Days on September 30 to October 2, 2011.  Over 500 arts organizations, cultural groups, individual artists, libraries, museums, festivals and municipalities have enthusiastically joined the Culture Days movement to offer hands-on and behind-the-scenes activities exploring music, dance, visual arts, film, history, theatre, literature and much more.

To find out what activities are happening in your community, visit www.culturedays.ca and plan your Culture Days weekend using the Bright Spots Schedule, presented by Sun Life Financial.

"Culture Days is more than a celebration - it is an opportunity to discover local creators and to find out how the arts and heritage enrich our lives and communities," said Warren Garrett, Chair of the volunteer task force for Ontario Culture Days.

Culture Days celebrations are taking place in just about every corner of this province from major urban areas to small towns and rural counties.  For example:

  • In Ottawa, don a red clown nose during a circus workshop at Arts Court or join-in with the Savoy Society for a Gilbert and Sullivan sing-a-long at the Nepean Creative Arts Centre.
  • Feel like roaming? Take one of several studio tours happening during Culture Days such as the Brant Studio Tour (Brant County), the Caledon Hills Studio Tour (Peel Region) or the Autumn Leaves Studio Tour (Wellington and Grey Counties and Durham Region).
  • In Sudbury learn how to make a traditional Finnish rag rug on a loom at Finlandia Village or marvel at how Pierre Laframboise transforms tree branches into flutes at the Greater Sudbury Public Library.
  • Uncover the hidden secrets of the Windsor Community Museum's collection vault, where you can glimpse rarely seen artefacts such as swords and cannonballs.
  • Get your toes tapping with Zydeco music or be mesmerized by the melodies of Indian classical music at Mississauga's Celebration Square.
  • Listen to Anishinaabe elders (with English translation) tell the story of the Corn Husk Doll at the Serpent River First Nations Trading Post in Cutler.

"One of the things that makes Culture Days so special is the commitment of thousands of artists and community volunteers to sharing their work with the public. The result is an extraordinary level of participation that reflects the vibrancy, diversity and creativity of Ontario's communities," said Culture Days Ontario Manager, Aubrey Reeves.

In only one year, there has been a 30 percent increase in the number of Culture Days activities across Ontario. Ontario is the province with the highest number of activities in the country with the exception of Quebec, where their Journées de la culture has been in existence for 15 years .

About Culture Days
Launched in 2010, Culture Days (culturedays.ca) is a collaborative Canada-wide volunteer movement to raise the awareness, accessibility, participation and engagement of all Canadians in the arts and cultural life of their communities. The 2011 Culture Days Weekend is taking place September 30th, October 1st and 2nd, 2011 across Canada. Culture Days was initiated by four Founding Partners: The Canadian Arts Summit, Culture pour tous (producer of les Journées de la culture), Canada Council for the Arts and The Banff Centre. National partners supporting the development of Culture Days are: Lead Founding Visionary Partner Sun Life Financial, Founding Visionary Partner The Audain Foundation, Visionary Partners Aeroplan and Endeavour. Federal Government support is provided by Canadian Heritage. National Media Partners are: CBC, The Globe and Mail and St. Joseph Communications. Culture Days in Ontario is supported by the Ontario Arts Council, the Ontario Trillium Foundation and the Government of Ontario in recognition of Celebrate the Artist Weekend. 

For more details about Ontario Culture Days announcements please visit: www.on.culturedays.ca    Connect with us on Twitter, Facebook, Flickr and YouTube.

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SOURCE Ontario Arts Council

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