"To see our community come together in celebration of the various cultures was a dream come true for me. To have each and every aspect of our community presented, and enjoyed was so rewarding." -Anne Wilson, Elbow & District Museum, Saskatchewan
A National Celebration of Canadian Culture
Each year, during Culture Days millions of Canadians engage in thousands of free activities and performances hosted by artists, cultural organizations and municipalities in communities across Canada. From Nunavut to New Brunswick, and from British Columbia to Hudson's Bay – and all points in between – we share all the inspiration, artistry, creativity and expression that reflects the mosaic of Canadian culture.
As a leading national voice for an active and engaged cultural life, we provide marketing and industry development resources that lead to greater cultural engagement. The Culture Days national awareness campaign culminates in a three-day celebration of the arts starting on the last Friday of September.
Culture Days aims to:
- FOSTER appreciation and support of the artistic and cultural life that is lived, created and expressed across the country in urban, suburban and rural areas alike;
- PROMOTE direct interaction between creators and citizens, as a key to increasing understanding and appreciation of art and culture; and
- AFFIRM that every citizen is the guardian of the cultural life of his, her or their community.
Culture Days believes that every individual — regardless of age, location or experience — has the right to access and participate actively in arts and culture.
Culture Days also believes that the arts and cultural sector makes a vital contribution to the economic and social development of Canada and contributes to the overall health of the country.
"People who had never participated in the arts before found it exciting and rewarding, finding a side of themselves they did not think existed. To us, that is what Culture Days is all about." -Pam MacKenzie, Consolidated Artist Group of 7s (North Bay, ON)
Please note: Tax receipts will not be issued for donations under $20.