Culture Days!

Nearly 7,000 free activities will take place in some 800 communities across Canada for the third annual Culture Days on September 28-30, 2012 including over 70 activities that are planned to take place in Nova Scotia.

“Culture is an integral part of what makes our community so vibrant and we are very proud and excited to be participating again in Culture Days. This annual event is an opportunity to publicly showcase the enormous talent and creativity that exists right here in Nova Scotia. I encourage everyone to express their love of culture by participating in some of the fantastic free activities on offer.  Get out and discover our wonderfully talented local artists, roll up your sleeves and get creative yourself!” said Nancy Morgan of Strategic Arts Management in Halifax.

The third annual Culture Days will be celebrated in hundreds of cities and towns from coast to coast to coast, with thousands of free activities from a wide range of disciplines including: visual arts, music, dance, theatre, architecture, heritage, film and video, literature, culinary arts and new media. 1.2 million Canadians participated in over 6,000 activities spanning over 800 communities during Culture Days 2011. The momentum continues to build and participation in Culture Days 2012 is anticipated to surpass last year’s.

Check out some of the many free and fun Culture Days activities in the province on September 28-30 including:

·         Celebrating Weaving Traditions – Saturday & Sunday, 10-5, Mahone Bay. Travel virtually with TAMMACHAT Natural Textiles to meet village artisans in rural Thailand and Laos. Learn how they sustainably create textiles, using traditions passed from mother to daughter for generations

·         Studio Rally – Saturday & Sunday, 50 studios throughout the province. Since 1992, Studio Rally has been an exciting year-round part of Nova Scotia cultural life. On the last weekend in September, Nova Scotia artists and artisans throw open their studio doors, and locals and tourists alike, Studio Rally maps in hand, hit the highways and byways to pay a few calls.

·         Tango a la carte – Saturday, 8-11pm, Maritime Museum of the Atlantic. Enjoy the flavour of tango culture from the port city of Buenos Aires to the port of Halifax. Spend an evening with the Halifax tango community, and order up Tango a la Carte!  More than an elegant display of steps, Argentine tango is the world's one and only improvisational partner dance. Like impromptu chefs, tango dancers are able to cook up moves on the spot.

·         Concert for the Young at Heart – Saturday, 1:30-2:30, Wolfville.  Sheesham, Lotus and ‘Son use methods for music-making that come from a time when instruments were scarce and mass media unheard of, a time when families entertained themselves with dance, music and stories created fresh, on the spot each day and evening. Simple songs to help the workday pass, music to dance, unwind and celebrate the end of the day.  Presented by the Deep Roots Music Festival.

“The growth of Culture Days since its inception just three years ago has been monumental,” said Antoni Cimolino, General Director and Artistic Director Designate, Stratford Shakespeare Festival, and Chair of Culture Days National Steering Executive Committee.  “The cultural community and the general public are clearly united in their passion for this creative movement.  Participating communities, artists, cultural groups and organizations have multiplied, and Canadians have responded by coming out in droves for the opportunity to familiarize and engage themselves with many of these exciting and inspiring local activities.”

Launched in 2010, Culture Days is a civil society driven initiative overseen by a National
Steering Committee and volunteer Provincial Task Forces whose members come from a variety of backgrounds including cultural programming, tourism, municipal cultural planning and public engagement who rally their arts and cultural communities to promote the event to the public at the local level.