Welcome to Culture Days 2022

Kicking off Culture Days 2022 nation-wide

You’re invited into a world of creativity, expression and collaboration with the launch of the 13th annual Culture Days celebrations on Friday, September 23rd and continuing through to October 16th. For these three weeks all across Canada, community organizers, public libraries, artists, festivals, major arts, culture, heritage institutions, and municipalities invite us to immerse ourselves in the creativity and abundant cultural diversity right in our backyards. In 2021, over 3.4 million people across Canada joined in the celebration. This year choices abound with thousands of free, hands-on arts and culture events and activities to choose from, both online and in person.

Welcome from the Prime Minister and the Minister of Canadian Heritage

I am pleased to extend my warmest greetings to everyone taking part in Culture Days 2022. This event, now in its 13th year, offers Canadians of all backgrounds a wonderful opportunity to experience our nation’s rich mix of cultures. I am certain the many performances and activities planned across the country, both virtual and in-person, will be enjoyed by everyone in attendance.

The Rt. Honourable Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada

“As our favourite events and artists are returning to the stage, wonderful initiatives like Culture Days offer Canadians an opportunity to enjoy artistic and cultural experiences from coast to coast to coast.”

The Honourable Pablo Rodriguez, Minister of Canadian Heritage

Read the PM and Minister’s full Welcome Messages

From the Culture Days National office

“We are thrilled to launch the 13th annual Culture Days celebrations! Throughout the event’s history, over 40,000 free arts and culture events have been hosted in communities large and small, in every corner of the country.” says Sarah Iley, Chair of the Culture Days Board of Directors, “We are grateful to our partners for recognizing the importance of arts and culture, especially so during the past few years. We hope people embrace Culture Days as an opportunity to connect and renew their support of a thriving cultural sector—one that benefits every person and community across Canada.”

“There is an extraordinary selection of events on offer, and we invite everyone to join in to create, share and connect through arts and culture,” says Shannon Bowler, Executive Director of Culture Days. “For three weeks, millions of people across Canada will discover more about their communities’ artistic and cultural lives and, hopefully, inspire and nurture that creative spark within themselves. There are thousands of free in-person and online events to explore, and we are so excited to champion the creators, artists, connectors and organizations that make our communities so special.”

Vist our Culture Days News Feed for select coverage, and join in the celebration via our Annual Campaign page. For more information about Culture Days and for media inquiries, visit our About pages.