Founded in 2009, Culture Days is a non-profit organization dedicated to building a national network of cultural connections devoted to providing Canadians with opportunities to participate in, and appreciate, all forms of arts and culture. Through an annual three-day national celebration that always begins on the last Friday of September, hundreds of thousands of artists and cultural organizations in hundreds of cities and towns come together and invite Canadians to participate in free, interactive and “behind the scenes” activities to discover their cultural spirit and passion. Since its inception, 10 million Canadians have participated in 40,000 Culture Days activities and events in 900 cities and towns during the annual event.
As a leading national voice for the active and engaged cultural life of all Canadians, Culture Days provides support, tools and resources to a wide variety of artists and cultural organizations to help them unite the country through engagement in culture.
Culture Days raises the awareness, accessibility, participation and engagement of Canadians in the arts and cultural life of their communities. With the support of volunteer groups at the national, provincial and local levels, hundreds of thousands of artists, cultural workers, organizations and groups, volunteers and supporters self-mobilize to host free participatory public activities that take place in hundreds of cities and towns throughout the country over the last weekend of September each year.
Culture Days offers an incredible opportunity for Canadians across the country to not only explore but to participate in the cultural communities and activities that exist in their areas that they may have not even be aware of before.
Udayan (Oakville, ON)
The 8th annual Culture Days weekend will take place September 29, 30 & October 1, 2017, and will feature thousands of free, hands-on, interactive activities that invite the public to participate “behind-the-scenes,” to discover the world of artists, creators, heritage experts, architects, curators, designers and other creative people in their communities.
With thousands of activities registered at culturedays.ca, Culture Days drives a multi-level national communications and public relations campaign designed to inspire and catalyze greater public participation in the arts and cultural life of our communities. A variety of free, useful Resources are available to support activity organizers throughout their process of planning, promoting, hosting and sharing their Culture Days experiences.
Culture Days is a collaborative initiative that welcomes your participation. Everyone can play a role in Culture Days: Whether you are already passionate about arts and culture or curious to discover new cultural experiences, an artist, arts or cultural organization, community group, municipality, library, school, citizen, or business person, you can participate in and contribute to Culture Days!
See the impact of Culture Days in the Reports page.
Culture Days aims to:
Culture Days believes that every individual — regardless of age, location or experience — has the right to access and participate actively in arts and culture.
Culture Days also believes that the arts and cultural sector makes a vital contribution to the economic and social development of Canada and contributes to the overall health of the country.
People who had never participated in the arts before found it exciting and rewarding, finding a side of themselves they did not think existed. To us, that is what Culture Days is all about.
-Pam MacKenzie, Consolidated Artist Group of 7s (North Bay, ON)
Culture Days was created in response to the growing recognition that a vibrant arts and cultural sector contributes directly to a healthy and stable society.
In 2007, inspired by the success and impact of Quebec’s Journées de la culture weekend, leaders of Canada’s largest arts organizations (as participants in The Canadian Arts Summit commissioned a feasibility study to assess the viability and appropriateness of launching an annual cross-country celebration of arts and culture.
Journées de la culture, a three-day event produced annually by Culture pour tous since 1997, is an internationally-recognized Canadian model for promoting public participation and engagement, that:
In April 2008, the Summit participants voted and agreed unanimously to initiate and support a strategic collaboration with Culture pour tous, producer of Journées de la culture, to encourage and facilitate a similar event across Canada. The Banff Centre in Alberta was also a key participant, serving as national secretariat assuming all relevant fiduciary responsibilities.
Conceived as a citizen-focused volunteer initiative, Culture Days was also seen as a timely Canadian initiative in the global context responding directly to issues addressed by the UNESCO Convention for the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions, of which Canada is a founding member.
Initiated by The Canadian Arts Summit, Culture Days was endorsed and supported from its early beginnings by Founding Partners the Canada Council for the Arts, Culture pour tous and The Banff Centre. Since its official launch in 2010, Culture Days has generated enthusiastic interest, participation and support from a rapidly growing network of artists, organizations, municipalities, as well as the private and public sector and media across the country.
Les entrevues ont commencé, mais nous acceptons encore les demandes. C'est votre DERNIÈRE CHANCE de nous envoyer votre CV pour le gestionnaire des communications et de la mobilisation! http://bit.ly/2myZDfX
Looking for #FullTimejobs #PartTimejobs? Register and attend the #employmentexpo #EmploymentExpo2017 #JobFair
Details emerging about the Canada Council for the Arts | Conseil des Arts du Canada's new digital art fund.
Êtes-vous un grand communicateur en français et en anglais ? Avez-vous une aptitude pour captiver l’attention du public, des médias et d’auditoires diversifiés avec des histoires inspirantes? Ensuite, nous voulons que vous soyez notre gestionnaire des communications et de la mobilisation! http://bit.ly/2myZDfX
Do you think you have what it takes to make Culture Days 2017 the best ever? We’re hiring for two contract positions: Communications Manager (must be bilingual) and Digital Projects Coordinator. Read the job descriptions on our employment page: http://bit.ly/2m0EGOW
BC Culture Days | Fête de la culture is on the lookout for their 2017 roster of ambassadors! This fantastic program offers local artists $1000 to present their Culture Days activities as well as tons of exposure. Deadline March 31.
The Board of Culture Days is pleased to announce the appointment of a new Executive Director Aubrey Reeves | Le conseil d’administration de la Fête de la culture est heureux d’annoncer la nomination d’une nouvelle directrice générale, Aubrey Reeves. “We are very excited about Aubrey’s vision for Culture Days,” said Lucille Pacey board chair. “Her extensive knowledge of Canadian culture and passion for continuing our mission to promote the arts across Canada will tremendously augment our proven success over the last 8 years.” Aubrey’s prior work experience includes her position as Executive Director, Ontario Cultures Days from 2010 – 2017. Read the full announcement: http://bit.ly/2mf5h9d « Nous sommes enthousiasmés par la vision de la Fête de la culture d’Aubrey », a affirmé Lucille Pacey, présidente du conseil. « Sa connaissance étendue de la culture canadienne et sa passion pour la poursuite de notre mission, qui consiste à promouvoir les arts dans tout le Canada, vont contribuer de façon marquée à poursuivre la croissance du succès notoire des 8 dernières années. » L’expérience antérieure d’Aubrey inclut son poste de directrice générale, Fête de la culture de l’Ontario, depuis son lancement en 2010. Lire l'annonce complète: http://bit.ly/2meXPeo
Call for Volunteers, for Honest Ed's Festival, "An Honest Farewell" from February 23-26. Apply today: http://bit.ly/TO4EVolunteer
Stay tuned for next year's Culture Days event on September 29, 30 & October 1st, 2017!!! #culturedays
The National Arts Centre today announced the National Creation Fund, a $25 million fund that will support ambitious new Canadian work in theatre, dance and music by artists and arts organizations across Canada. https://nac-cna.ca/en/media/newsrelease/15377