Culture Days Manitoba is coming into its 9th year with the province's record-breaking number of events from September 28 to 30, 2018. Culture Days in Manitoba will be celebrated in 26 communities, towns and cities in Manitoba and will feature 470 free activities, up 20 events from 2017.
This year, Culture Days Manitoba has embraced the national theme, #OnBeat, focusing on rhythm and highlighting how percussion permeates artistic expression universally. OnBeat will not only connect all 26 communities across Manitoba, but connect to the 3,451 events happening across Canada for Culture Days!
No matter your age or skill-level, Culture Days is a chance to try something new, revisit existing creative passions and build appreciation for arts and culture that will hopefully continue year-round.
This year’s Manitoba hubs include Dauphin, Flin Flon, Gimli, Morden, Virden, and The Pas.
“This three-day event is an opportunity to create, participate and share arts and culture while building relationships and celebrating Manitoba’s diversity. We encourage everyone to rediscover their city or community as they explore the full range of Culture Days and Nuit Blanche activities,” says Mélissa Courcelles, Project Manager, Culture Days Manitoba and Nuit Blanche Winnipeg.
This year’s Culture Days and Nuit Blanche festivities will include visual arts, heritage, Indigenous arts and traditional practices, cross-cultural activities, educational tours, community street festivals, collective art-making projects, interactive installations, storytelling, avant-garde performance art and more.
This year, we've selected our top 10 events across Manitoba that exemplifies what it means to be #OnBeat in Manitoba!
- Storytelling Day featuring the Buffalo Gals Drum Group at The Forks in Winnipeg, MB
Buffalo Gals will lead 400 students to sing, dance, share and drum together. Lessons will cover discussions about the importance of drumming in Indigenous communities.
- Dancing Down Main Street in Flin Flon, MB - Dancing Down Main Street is exactly what it sounds like. Absolutely no experience necessary and pet friendly (if your pets like to dance.) This year, we are dancing to on original song "Summertime " by local Flin Flon musician, Evan Zach.
- Culture On The Crescent in Portage La Prairie, MB - Follow the beat of your heart and down the pathway of Portage La Prairie’s Crescent Lake for hands-on workshops, live performances and more.
- Piñatas on the Beat by MexYcan Association at Théâtre Cercle Molière in Winnipeg, MB Piñatas have been part of the Mexican tradition for hundreds of years, bringing celebration and joy to the people involved. Learn what they represent and their history through workshops and a pinata breaking celebration. (They’re also part of Nuit Blanche!)
- MB DANCE DAY at the RWB in Winnipeg, MB - A collaboration between Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet, Dance Manitoba Inc., and Rainbow Stage invites all ages and levels to come together and to learn an original piece of Hip Hop choreography by three local Hip Hop choreographers culminating in a informal performance. Register Online!
- Pictures at an Exhibit in Flin Flon, MB - Accomplished and acclaimed local artists, musician and improvisational expert, Mark Kolt, will musically interpret the visual art and current exhibition at the NorVA Centre. You've never heard art sound so sweet.
- Poetry Slam at the PHAC in Morden, MB - Get you “word” on at The Pembina Hills Arts Council! Friday night, the PHAC will open its door and invite community members for a spirited Poetry Slam.
- MASS Appeal - Percussion by Winnipeg Arts Council in WInnipeg, MB - Mass Appeal is public concert series. Anyone who wants to participate, can! Led by professional percussion Scott Senior (The Duhks, Trio Bembe), participants will learn how to play a series of songs on the spot. Bring your own instrument or use one of the drums provided. Practice the songs beforehand, massappealwinipeg.ca.
- Dauphin’s Yardfringe in Dauphin, MB - Petal to the beat with a bicycle tour and be part of part of a collaborative art project, watch a short play, listen to a musical performance or sing-along, or try your hand at reader's theatre.
- Drumming to the Beat with Val Vint and WHEAT Institute at the Forks in Winnipeg - Join us in an Indigenous drumming circle with Metis cultural teacher Val Vint, who has been offering drumming and singing circles around Manitoba for 30+ years.
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