Count­down un­til Al­berta Cul­ture Days

The McLeod River Post - - News -

The count­down to the 10th an­niver­sary of Al­berta Cul­ture Days is on as the prov­ince pre­pares for its largest cel­e­bra­tion of arts, her­itage, di­ver­sity and com­mu­nity spirit.

From Sept. 29 to Oct. 1, Al­ber­tans will come to­gether to cel­e­brate Al­berta Cul­ture Days in com­mu­ni­ties across the prov­ince. For three days, Al­berta will be the set­ting for art work­shops, live mu­si­cal per­for­mances, his­tor­i­cal ex­hibits, pup­petry, out­door movie screenings, de­li­cious food and so much more.

“The govern­ment is proud to be a sup­porter of the amaz­ing events be­ing planned this year and I am ex­cited to see what Al­berta’s com­mu­ni­ties have in store. Cul­ture Days show­cases how our com­mu­ni­ties, our his­tory and our cul­ture are im­por­tant parts of our iden­tity and econ­omy, and how they make life bet­ter for Al­ber­tans. It is fit­ting that the 10th an­niver­sary co­in­cides with Canada 150, be­cause the themes of both, such as youth and di­ver­sity, are so closely aligned.” Ri­cardo Mi­randa, Min­is­ter of Cul­ture and Tourism

In July, $200,000 in grant fund­ing was an­nounced to help com­mu­nity or­ga­ni­za­tions plan and host Al­berta Cul­ture Days ac­tiv­i­ties across the prov­ince. This year, 68 or­ga­ni­za­tions have been named as of­fi­cial cel­e­bra­tion hosts, in­clud­ing five Fea­ture Cel­e­bra­tion sites that will be of­fer­ing three days of ac­tiv­i­ties.

Hold your own event

Any­one can host an Al­berta Cul­ture Days event. It can be some­thing as sim­ple as a neigh­bour­hood block party or open­ing the doors of an arts fa­cil­ity for be­hind-the-scenes tours, or as elab­o­rate as a com­mu­nity con­cert. In­di­vid­u­als and or­ga­ni­za­tions host­ing a Cul­ture Days event are en­cour­aged to post their events to the Na­tional Cul­ture Days Cal­en­dar. Plan­ning ideas and cus­tom­iz­a­ble pro­mo­tional tools can be found at al­ber­ta­cul­ture­days.ca.

Al­berta Cul­ture Days is part of Na­tional Cul­ture Days, a move­ment to raise the aware­ness, ac­ces­si­bil­ity, par­tic­i­pa­tion and en­gage­ment of all Cana­di­ans in the artis­tic and cul­tural life of their com­mu­ni­ties.

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