Culture Days 2012 – Spreading Culture Across Canada

Culture Days announces its third year, with thousands of free hands-on activities happening simultaneously across Canada beginning on September 28, 2012.

zeeBigBang attended the Culture Days media preview earlier this week at the new Regent Park Arts and Cultural Centre. Performing at the preview were Regent Park dance artists from COBA and Juno Award-Winning musician Sean Jones.

Andre Castro working on a live graffiti mural at the Culture Days media launch.

“The goal in launching Culture Days was to create a truly national event in which arts and culture in all its forms can be celebrated in an interactive and inclusive way,” said Antoni Cimolino, General Director and Artistic Director Designate, Stratford Shakespeare Festival.

Outside of the new Regent Park Arts and Cultural Centre in Toronto.

Cimolino, who is also the Chair of Culture Days national Steering Committee, went on to say, “part of that inclusivity is engaging the public in the conversation as to why culture matters to them – not just our society as a whole, but to each and every individual.”

Canadians are invited to tweet @CultureDays and complete the following sentence:

#Culture is __________ to me.

This open-ended sentence is to inspire Canadians to start a national discussion around what culture means to them, both in specific and personal ways and to draw attention to culture’s vital role in their lives and communities.

From Culture Days’ inception in 2011, there has been a 30% increase in participation by artists and cultural organizations of all types across the country.

“We’d like to think Culture Days activities are a warm invitation from artists and creators to get to know each other better, to connect, to explore our own creativity and our own curiosity. Maybe what’s truly remarkable is how we’re growing culture days together because so many of us fundamentally recognize that a vibrant arts and cultural sector contributes directly to a healthy and stable society,” said Jian Ghomeshi, host of CBC Q and emcee for the Culture Days media launch.

Culture Days runs from September 28 to September 30, 2012, with events happening across Canada. For more information on an event happening near you or how you can get involved, visit the Culture Days website.

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