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Second Annual Culture Days Event comes to Thunder Bay


September 26, 2011 – The second annual Culture Days event kicks off in hundreds of cities and towns across Canada this weekend, September 30, October 1 and 2. Culture Days features free, hands-on interactive activities from coast to coast to coast that invite the public to discover and participate in the cultural life of their communities.

On the heels of Culture Days’ 2010 success, this year the pan-Canadian collaborative grass-roots movement has taken hold in some 800 communities (up from 700 last year) as more artists, organizations and supporters have mobilized to work together to promote their cultural resources and talents concurrently under the Culture Days banner. Some 5,500 free activities have been planned across the country for the Culture Days weekend (up from 4,500 in 2010).

Over 10 free activities are scheduled for the weekend in Thunder Bay, spanning a wide range of arts and cultural disciplines and practices including: visual arts, music, dance, theatre, architecture, heritage, film and video, literature, culinary arts and new media.

“Canada is growing a cross country team committed to our culture. Artists and cultural organizations, municipalities and businesses have really stepped up to the plate in 2011 to collaborate and promote the creative vitality of their communities during the Culture Days weekend. It’s going to be a great weekend of celebration and fun,” commented Antoni Cimolino, General Director of the Stratford Shakespeare Festival and Chair of Culture Days’ national Steering Committee.

The diverse activities taking place across Thunder Bay over the Culture Days weekend include:

  • Uth Link, Community Arts & Heritage Education Project
  • Meet the Filmmakers, Bay Street Film Festival 
  • Local Artists & Printmaking Demonstrations, Local Colour Art Gallery 
  • Yoga for Children & Families, Thunder Bay Public Library 
  • 30th Anniversary: Theatre for Youth Open House, Eleanor Drury Children’s Theatre
  • Sports Hall of Fame Open House, NWO Sports Hall of Fame & Museum
  • Your Home’s Heritage, City of Thunder Bay Archives
  • Book Launches, Thunder Bay Museum
  • CBC Open House, CBC Radio

Thunder Bay residents can visit the Culture Days website (www.culturedays.ca) to plan their weekend using the new Culture Days Bright Spots Schedule.
This online planning tool creates a personalized agenda of activities happening over the Culture Days weekend and includes a “smart” recommendation feature that will make activity suggestions based on those already selected. Schedules are easily exported to email, other calendar platforms and PDF.

Activities taking place across the country include those presented as part of the 15th annual Journées de la culture event in Québec and 4th annual Alberta Arts Days, both of which are part of the Canada-wide movement.

About Culture Days

Launched in 2010, Culture Days is a collaborative Canada-wide volunteer movement to raise the awareness, accessibility, participation and engagement of all Canadians in the arts and cultural life of their communities. Culture Days was initiated by four Founding Partners: The Canadian Arts Summit, Culture pour tous (producer of les Journées de la culture), Canada Council for the Arts and The Banff Centre. National partners supporting the development of Culture Days are: Lead Founding Visionary Partner Sun Life Financial, Founding Visionary Partner The Audain Foundation, Visionary Partners Aeroplan and Endeavour. Federal Government support is provided by Canadian Heritage. National Media Partners are: CBC, The Globe and Mail and St. Joseph Communications. Provincial Partners are: Government of B.C., Government of Alberta, SaskCulture, Government of Ontario, Ontario Arts Council, Trillium Foundation, Government of New Brunswick, Government of Nova Scotia, Government of Prince Edward Island, Government of Newfoundland & Labrador and the Government of Northwest Territories. The 2011 Culture Days Weekend is taking place September 30th, October 1st and 2nd, 2011 across Canada.

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Contact: Doug Henry, Supervisor - Events & Festivals, 625-2487