Last updated: May 15, 2020
Culture Days 2020: September 25th - October 25th
Join us for an even bigger national celebration where arts, culture, and creativity intersect. Indoors, outdoors, and online—discover the world of arts and culture across Canada.
Culture Days is extending beyond the traditional Culture Days Weekend to a more inclusive and interactive 4-week schedule of activities. Kicking off September 25th and running until October 25th, Culture Days invites everyone to participate in and show appreciation for arts and culture in their own communities and nationwide!
The Culture Days website will act as a promotional platform for creators of every kind to showcase thousands of virtual and in-person activities. Visitors can find small-gathering or self-guided events near them, while going digital allows participants to virtually criss-cross the country and discover live-streamed performances and other online presentations.
Our team of provincial and national partners would like to thank Culture Days organizers from across the country for their input and patience as we’ve been developing our contingency plans for the summer and fall. We’re excited to continue working with the collective network and supporters to present Culture Days in a way that celebrates arts and culture, while protecting the health of everyone.
If you’re a Culture Days organizer, here’s what this means for you:
- Activity registration will open early June, barring any technical challenges.
- Registration will support in-person events*, live-streamed events, digital presentations (pre-recorded), and self-guided activities.
- For in-person events, we recommend limiting attendance and using pre-registration tools like EventBrite to manage capacity.
- The extended timeframe will give you a greater flexibility for presenting in-person events, with a chance to access new audiences from across the country via digital activities.
- We’re working on resources and tools to inspire new approaches to programming, and to help you navigate the changing digital sphere.
- A handful of public engagement initiatives through the summer to highlight the importance of arts and culture in our communities.
- You’ll be able to join in on a large, cross-country promotional campaign highlighting the resiliency of our communities and championing the importance of arts and culture!
*Organizers must ensure they are adhering to regional government and public health guidelines in their jurisdiction.
We encourage organizers who can do so to plan for the possibility of pivoting to digital presentations. For in-person events, we recommend taking a self-guided or pre-registered, limited capacity approach. Our national and provincial offices will work with you to ensure we’re all adhering to changing public health requirements.
It’s not lost on our network that the 2020 theme of Unexpected Intersections has been infused with some quite unexpected new meaning. We will continue to share and promote the important, exciting, and perhaps unexpected creative projects arising in the growing digital landscape. Stay up to date with the good stuff on our blog, and on social media (Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter).
Our teams remain here to support and encourage your activity planning, while understanding the need for flexibility and changing priorities. We can’t wait to see what you’re working on!
If you don’t know who to connect with about Culture Days in your region, here’s a list of our provincial office contacts. Please also feel free to connect with the national office at email@example.com at any time.
Some helpful resources
Below are links to some timely resources and tools from our cross-country network:
Canada Council: Important Information related to COVID-19 updated regularly
Canadian Heritage: Frequent updates from the Federal Ministry.
- BC Alliance for Arts + Culture: COVID-19 Resources, Prevention, Updates, and more.
- The latest updates on the Alberta Culture Days grant program.
Saskatchewan Arts Board: Grant information and FAQs
Saskatchewan Arts Alliance: COVID-19 Resource list
Ontario Culture Days has created two resource pages for Ontario organizers and audiences: