August, 2018

A Festival Within a Festival: Clarington Bridges Community Through the Arts

A Festival Within a Festival: Clarington Bridges Community Through the Arts

by Alyssa Trudeau

WORDS: ANGELA WALCOTT Looking for a unique festival experience to celebrate all-things food, music and art? Look no further. The Clarington Outdoor Art Festival (COAF) is the place to be. Located in Durham Region in Bowmanville, Ontario, this festival within a festival will be a hot destination for Culture Days activities. Situated on the eastern…

In Canmore, a Community Comes Together for Culture Days

In Canmore, a Community Comes Together for Culture Days

by Alyssa Trudeau

WORDS: TAYLOR BASSO If you’re looking for an elevated experience for the 2018 Culture Days weekend, you might head to Canmore, nestled in the Bow Valley in the heart of Alberta’s Rocky Mountains. Not only will you be surrounded by a bounty of nature (the iconic Three Sisters mountains keep vigilant watch; the Banff National…

Showing Up

Showing Up

by BC Culture Days

Words by: Elana Bizovie, BC Culture Days Ambassador (Kelowna) Bums in seats. I can’t count how many times I’ve heard this phrase. In theatre, this refers to the number of people in the audience of a performance. We strive for it, worry about it, obsess over it. We want to sell tickets! We want people…

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Deep Roots and Fresh Beats: Culture Days Takes to the Streets in Wolfville, Nova Scotia

Deep Roots and Fresh Beats: Culture Days Takes to the Streets in Wolfville, Nova Scotia

by Alyssa Trudeau

WORDS: TAYLOR BASSO If you’re wandering the streets of Wolfville in Nova Scotia’s Annapolis Valley on Culture Days weekend and you come across a swarm of drummers, dancers, and ten-foot-tall giants, don’t be alarmed. You’ve just crossed paths with the Fresh Beats Rhythm Parade, which roams Wolfville September 29 at noon as part of the…

Surprising Similarities – A discussion between Get Creative and Culture Days

Surprising Similarities – A discussion between Get Creative and Culture Days

by Alyssa Trudeau

WORDS: MEAGHAN FROH METCALF We like to think that Culture Days is a unique model for arts and culture engagement, but a remarkably similar campaign exists in the United Kingdom called Get Creative. Over the past few months, Culture Days has connected with the staff at Get Creative and had the chance to learn more…

Everything Scarborough Wanted to Tell You: How one artist is bringing new narratives to Nuit Blanche

Everything Scarborough Wanted to Tell You: How one artist is bringing new narratives to Nuit Blanche

by Alyssa Trudeau

WORDS: ALYSSA TRUDEAU In 2016, Ontario Culture Days launched a new initiative called the Youth Arts Ambassadors Program (YAAP). The program, aimed at fostering and supporting the next generation of community-engaged artists, commissions professional artists up to 30 years of age to create new works of art in their respective regions. The artworks and corresponding public programs…

Learning the Art of Flamenco with Hand Clapping and Body Tapping

Learning the Art of Flamenco with Hand Clapping and Body Tapping

by Alyssa Trudeau

WORDS: ANGELA WALCOTT Wearing a full-length black dress, Lina’s ruffled hem bounces and curls with the   powerful stomp of her heels. Arms poised overhead, she circles the stage; claps her hands, pauses and then draws delicate circles in the air. With a sudden spin, Lina taps her fingers along her waist in sync to the…

5 Spice Beef Stew Means I Love You

5 Spice Beef Stew Means I Love You

by BC Culture Days

Words by Johnny Trinh, BC Culture Days Ambassador (Vancouver). The only apologies ever uttered in our household came from the lips of the children. My sister and I, frequently failing to meet expectations, often beseeched forgiveness from a stereotypical tiger mom. My mother is fearsome. My mother has stared Death in the face, swam to…

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