Culture Days 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 first annual Culture Days event swept across more than 700 Canadian cities and towns during the last weekend of September 2010, generating an extraordinary amount of enthusiasm in the process. Next year’s Culture Days weekend will take place on September 29, 30 & October 1. Once again, the event will feature free, hands-on, interactive activities that invite the public to participate “behind the scenes”—and to discover the world of artists, creators, historians, architects, curators, and designers at work in their community.
As a grassroots, collaborative movement, Culture Days relies on your participation. Whether as an arts or cultural organization, an artist, a municipality, a school, a citizen, a business person…everyone can play a role in shaping this event. So get involved! Browse the 2016 Activities to learn more about what to expect in British Columbia as Canadians from coast to coast to coast prepare for the eighth annual Culture Days weekend this fall!
Are you an artist engaged with promoting arts and culture in your community? Consider applying to be a 2017 BC Culture Days Ambassador! Deadline March 31st. https://bc.culturedays.ca/en/bc-culture-days-ambassadors
If you're on the Sunshine Coast, don't forget to register for our free Stone Soup event on April 6! Everyone welcome!
In partnership with the District of Sechelt and the Sunshine Coast Arts Council, BC Culture Days presents: Stone Soup, a free creative networking and collaboration event taking place in communities across BC. Stone Soup will give Sunshine Coast community members the chance to connect with other potential Culture Days event registrants to expand their local network, find new collaborators, share resources, and brainstorm ideas for creative projects together. This includes individual artists (amateur and professional), arts organizations, cultural groups, heritage workers, local businesses, BIAs, media, venue managers, presenters, volunteers, and other arts and culture enthusiasts. The event will feature a live music demo and presentation by Steve Wright. Food and refreshments will be provided. Stone Soup refers to the fable about hungry travellers starting a soup with a pot of water and a stone, inviting the curiosity of the local villagers. One by one villagers begin to offer ingredients to add to the mix, creating a delicious soup for the whole village to enjoy together.
UNESCO celebration of International Women’s Day puts focus on the arts! http://www.un.org/youthenvoy/2017/03/unesco-celebration-international-womens-day-2017-focus-arts-2/
Thanks to Ashcroft Cache Creek Journal for sharing our call for 2017 BC Culture Days ambassadors! http://www.ash-cache-journal.com/news/415026384.html
Saaz Institute of Indian Music invites you to, 'Khayal' - Sitarist: Sharanjeet Singh Mand on Sunday, March 12, 2017. Saaz Institute welcomes you to participate in a musical and educational presentation featuring Sharanjeet Singh Mand, an accomplished Sitarist living in BC. We will hear insights and perspectives about Sharanjeet's experiences as a recognised Indian Classical Sitarist. We'll hear his thoughts on the development of Indian Classical Music in Canada and his experiences as a teacher, composer and performer. 'Khayal' will begin with an artists conversation between Sharanjeet Singh Mand and Dr Thomas Hunter followed by a Sitar recital by Sharanjeet with tabla accompaniment by Cassius Khan. We encourage you to join the dialogue and bring your interest to this soulful presentation. We hope you can join us. Here is the event link: https://www.facebook.com/events/1853439664871837/ We look forward to welcoming you, Shahnaz. SAAZ Institute.
The word is out! BC Culture Days is looking for 2017 ambassadors. Apply for the chance to be a spokesperson for artists in your community and win $1,000 to help present a Culture Days activity! Apply online: http://bc.culturedays.ca/en/bc-culture-days-ambassadors
Have you marked your calendars for the 2017 Culture Days weekend taking place Sept. 29 - Oct. 1? If you are an individual artist, organization, municipality, business or event organizer, now's the time to start brainstorming ideas on how to take part. Check out our list of ideas to get you started. https://culturedays.ca/en/resources/r/100-culture-days-activity-ideas