Thousands of free activities kick off across Canada in celebration of the 6th Annual Culture Days weekend from September 25-27 this year. Culture Days is the largest arts and culture public participation event in the history of Canada. Communities come together from diverse social, cultural and economic backgrounds to fulfill the goal of Culture Days to have all Canadians in every community declare “I Love Canada” and make culture a daily habit. This non-profit organization was founded in 2009, and is 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.
This movement of people, organizations and communities that believe in promoting cultural participation to the public is truly inspirational. By visiting the user-friendly website of Culture Days, you can easily plan your activities by choosing places to visit in your neighbourhood. You can enjoy song and dance performances, skits, plays, or just follow a tour guide inside historic buildings. These could be places you probably didn’t even know existed.
What are the benefits of participating in Culture Days, you ask? Well, below is a concise list. It’s hard to stop talking about the infinite ways in which culture can enrich our lives:
- Highlighting the importance of arts and cultural activity to a community’s quality of life.
- Helping the public become aware of the many opportunities available to participate in arts and cultural activities in every community.
- Drawing attention to the different cultures, heritages, cultural workers, and artists that contribute to the development and vitality of our communities.
- Inspiring Canadians with experiences that remind them of the benefits of cultural engagement for their own well-being.
- Promoting and revealing the creativity of our citizens, creators, organizations, and communities through a Canada-wide marketing and public awareness campaign.
- Encouraging cross-disciplinary and cross-sectoral
- Creating a legacy of strong connections between citizens, cultural workers, artists, and their communities
Vinita Kinra is a Toronto-based author, editor, speaker and activist, best known for her short story collection, Pavitra in Paris, launched to critical acclaim in 2013. She is also a contributor for India’s largest English daily, The Times of India.