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 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.
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
Le « Dix en Tête » des villes et villages 2016 a enfin été révélé! Winnipeg, MB (population de plus de 500,000), London, ON (population entre 50,000 et 499,999), et Flin Flon, MB (population de moins de 49,999) se sont hissées au sommet des villes participantes, classées selon le nombre d’activités enregistrées à la Fête de la culture cette année! https://cdn2.culturedays.ca/assets/2016%20Final%20Infographics/CD2016_Top10_infographic_FR.jpg
The 2016 Top Ten cities and towns lists this year include on-going champion Winnipeg, Manitoba (for cities with a population over 500,000), London, ON (population of 50,000 – 499,999), and Flin Flon, MB (population under 49,999). These cities and towns were ranked by the total number of activities published on the Culture Days website this this year. https://cdn2.culturedays.ca/assets/2016%20Final%20Infographics/top-10-cities-and-towns-2016.jpg
Thank you Brockville for being part of Culture Days! http://www.recorder.ca/2016/11/25/citys-culture-days-rank-high Brockville, Ontario
Yukon art students tell the story of climate change science while working with scientists & northern communities http://www.macleans.ca/education/college/yukon-college-art-students-tell-the-story-of-climate-change-science/