Culture Days

The 9th annual Culture Days weekend will take place September 28, 29, 30, 2018.

Event registration is now open!

Culture Days is an annual 3 day-long celebration that aims to raise awareness, accessibility, participation and engagement of Canadians in the arts and cultural life of their communities.

Each year, in every province, individual artists, cultural groups, organizations, municipalities and festivals offer free participatory and interactive arts and cultural activities during the Culture Days weekend.

Any arts or cultural activity – professional, community, amateur, educational…etc., can be listed as part of Culture Days as long as it meets the basic criteria: a free event that involves audience participation or reveals a behind-the-scenes aspect to give the public a better understanding of the inner world of arts and culture.

The National 2018 Programming Theme is OnBeat!

Across the country, communities, organizations, and individuals are invited to participate in OnBeat by organizing drumming and/or rhythm-inspired events during Culture Days.

OnBeat programming does not have to be limited to drumming. Rhythm can make its way into many different art forms and cultural practices including dance, visual arts, theatre, digital arts and storytelling.

Attendees’ views on benefits of arts and cultural participation

Benefits and percent of attendees in agreement

Percentage of attendees who agreed

 Enrichment of life

73 percent

Encourages creativity

57 percent

Helps the appreciation of creativity

53 percent

Provides intellectual stimulation

49 percent

The experience of something new

48 percent

Provides a better sense of other cultures

47 percent

Offers a shared experience

42 percent

Provides an understanding of other points of view

38 percent

Moves emotionally

36 percent

Helps the local economy 35 percent
Gives a better sense of history 34 percent
Helps develop self-awareness 30 percent


About Culture Days


Activities, events and exhibitions

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