With close to 300 events to date, Manitoba will be celebrating Culture Days in style in 2014. Featured events include the annual Storytelling Day at Central Park in which hundreds of students from across Winnipeg and Manitoba convene in the centre of the city to hear folk tales and stories from experienced storytellers and educators Joe McLellan, Kate Ferris, Duncan Mercredi and Jamie Olivero. Last year's celebration ended with a colourful human mosaic photographed as a heart. This year will again feature a human mosaic with all of the students and it is sure to be as memorable of an experience. As an added touch, this year's Storytelling Day will be held in tribute of Kevin Walters, the late Project Manager for Culture Days Manitoba who supported the event wholeheartedly.
Students are also invited to attend Student Day at the Forks which will once again feature dozens of activities, hands on workshops, performances by exciting groups and crafting. Groups such as the Aboriginal School of Dance will once again wow the crowd and the Culture Days Manitoba Kick-Off will be open the day which is sure to be a thrilling experience.
If you miss the performances on Friday at the Forks, don't fret! Saturday is full of performances at the Forks including Ça Claque, Songwriters' Association of Canada, Orfeas Musical Conservatory and more! Come to the Forks to see the diversity of musical and dance talent from across the city and province.
Along with hundreds of events in Winnipeg, rural Manitoba is once again flexing its artistic muscles. Flin Flon, Manitoba will be hosting close to 70 events celebrating arts and culture in their community. From artist talks to dancing down their Main Street to guided walking tours, aboriginal hoop dancing, school programming for students of every age to celebrations of women's art, there are endless opportunities in Flin Flon. Dauphin is also taking Culture Days by storm with exciting events including engaging students in an interactive radio drama. Countless museums across the province are opening their doors and communities are encouraging the public to join in on their local celebrations, such as Saint Georges, Manitoba who is celebrating their annual Fall Festival of Colours during Culture Days Manitoba.
The 5th anniversary also includes Nuit Blanche Winnipeg. Dubbed as "No Sleep. Only Art", Nuit Blanche is an all night transformation of the city into a unique artistic experience. Divided into three zones, the Exchange District, Saint Boniface and the Downtown (WinnipegArtGallery / Plug In Institute of Contemporary Art), the city is filled with art lovers from dusk to dawn. With outdoor installations in the Exchange District, music on roof tops, blacksmith demonstrations in Old Market Square and community choir performances, Mad Men themed parties at the Planetarium, there is much to see. As you wander to the Downtown, don't miss an amazing interactive video projection created by Amsterdam based artist Marcel Wierckx and entitled "Night Noise" in the parking lot across from the MTS Centre. When you arrive downtown, stop off at the University of Winnipeg for an eclectic and exciting art party and then visit the WAG for the opening of the Dali exhibition and more engaging activities.
Saint Boniface will lure you across the bridge with lighting installations and will ask you to sit back and read a good book on Provencher Boulevard in an installation called "Bibliothèques éphémères / Boulevard of books". Visit la Maison des artistes and get wild with a cabaret style event at the Cercle Molière complete with DJ, mixologists, dance and more.
If all of this is not enough for one weekend, this year's event also boasts unique events including an Etsy: Made in Canada market at PoloPark and Wall-to-Wall, an all out festival organized by Synonym Art Consultation. Taking place in businesses, restaurants and galleries on Sherbrook Street and culminating in an outdoor celebration and mural, Wall-to-Wall is a true celebration of local arts and culture throughout Culture Days Manitoba and Nuit Blanche Winnipeg. Their final event will be the launch for the Rainbow Trout Bike Jam. If you're not traveling the city on the Winnipeg Trolley Company, bring your bike and cruise around the city with hundreds of other art loving cyclists.
Since 2010, Culture Days Manitoba has grown, expanded and certainly exceeded expectations. Supporting art, cultural and public engagement, it's brought Manitobans interesting activities for 5 years straight. It goes without saying that the event could not happen without the continued support of artistic and cultural organizations whose dedication to the arts in Manitoba is unparallel. We're excited and eager to celebrate arts and culture on September 26th, 27th and 28th 2014 and we can't wait to see you there.
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