After three years, Culture Days is already part of the vernacular for Winnipeggers. In a province where so much of the talk is focused on the weather, Manitobans wait anxiously for the warmth of summertime. Even though the summer is usually reserved for sun and fun, most Manitobans, and Winnipeggers especially, affectionately dub the summer, "festival season".
Starting off with great events like Jazz Fest, and the Winnipeg Folk Festival, June, July and August are jam packed with cultural events all over the province. Cultural junkies enjoy two weeks of theatre with the Fringe Festival, while visual art lovers can view masterful artwork at the WAG. Niche festivals also share the spotlight including Country Fest for country music lovers (Yea-haw!) and the Rainbow Trout Music Festival and Fishing Derby which promotes local musicians and artists. It's a busy time, and by the time September rolls around, the weather starts to cool, and we retreat inside.
As a final farewell to summer and one of the closing festivals of the year, Culture Days has found a permanent spot of the cultural calendar in Manitoba. Events are talked about for months afterward and the incredible success of Nuit Blanche Winnipeg 2012 has made artists and art lovers excited for the possibilities of this year's celebration. So many new artists have contacted Culture Days with questions about how to get involved and how to participate. After three years, Culture Days has found its footing, and is firmly rooted in Winnipeg and Manitoba's cultural fabric.
Just yesterday, walking around the University of Winnipeg, I saw a student pass by. I squinted and took a second look. He had an I ♥ Culture button fastened to his backpack. We wear it close to our hearts in Manitoba, culture is all around.
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