City of Guelph joins the national celebration of culture

Market Square performance launches Guelph’s Culture Days weekend

GUELPH, ON, September 23, 2013 –The City of Guelph presents a series of free hands-on activities, exhibitions and performances this weekend, September 27, 28 and 29, at four different public venues as part of its contribution to the fourth annual Culture Days celebration in Guelph.

“Culture Days is an opportunity to showcase the talent and creativity that exists throughout our city,” Colleen Clack, City of Guelph’s interim executive director of community and social services, said. “From street art to high art, pop culture to traditional culture, Culture Days is an opportunity for our entire community to engage with art and artists in a different way.”

Market Square
Culture Days kicks off on Friday, September 27 with high energy performances by Gadfly Dance Company, Canada’s celebrated urban dance ensemble, at 4 PM, 7 PM, and 9PM. Blending hip hop, House dancing, Waacking and Bboying these dazzling dancers give new meaning to the art of street dance. Make sure to stay after the performance for an informal chat with the dancers on their ‘dancin moves’.

Guelph Civic Museum
Guelph Civic Museum and Riverside Celtic College invite you to kick up your heels to some cracking jigs and reels on Friday, September 27 from 8 to 10PM at the Kitchen Party Ceili. Admission to the Museum is free beginning at 5:00 p.m.

St. George’s Square
The heart of downtown will be rocking on Friday, September 27 from 6-10PM and Saturday, September 28 from 10AM – 4PM with performances by members of the Guelph Youth Council and hands-on art activities with the Guelph Arts Council and Necessary Arts. On Saturday from noon-4PM, you can also add your voice to the Guelph-Wellington Local Immigration Partnership’s video project about culture, intercultural encounters, belonging and not belonging. Share your stories, be part of this video celebration, and help to spark a conversation about what ‘culture’ really means.

“Culture Days is a great way to celebrate the growing cultural diversity of Guelph,” says Ella Henderson, Project Specialist of the GWLIP. “These kinds of events where people can share stories and learn about each other help to make our community more welcoming and inclusive—everyone benefits!”

River Run Centre
River Run opens its doors to the public for a peek behind the scenes to explore the inner workings of the theatre on Sunday, September 29 from 1-4PM. Activities include a tour of the fly gallery, hands-on fun with sound and lights, exploring instruments of all kinds with the Guelph Symphony Orchestra, costume fitting with Royal City Musical Productions, and much more.

About Culture Days
Over 27 free activities are scheduled for the weekend in Guelph, spanning a wide range of arts and cultural disciplines and practices including: visual arts, music, dance, theatre, heritage, film and video, literature, and new media. Guelph residents can visit to learn about the many other activities taking place across the city over the weekend.
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.

For more information

Astero Kalogeropoulos
Arts and Culture Program Officer
Culture and Tourism |Community and Social Services
519-822-1260 extension 2629