Culture Days “is a collaborative pan-Canadian volunteer movement to raise the awareness, accessibility, participation and engagement by all Canadians in the arts and cultural life of their communities.
Culture Days began in 2010 and takes place again this year during the weekend of September 30 to October 2, 2011 – this celebration of art and culture will live on in years to come as an annual coast to coast Canadian event.
Culture Days features thousands of free, hands-on, interactive activities that invite the Canadians public to participate “behind the scenes” world of artists, creators, historians, architects, curators, designers and discover the cultural life of their local communities.”
These types of activities are sometimes known as “cultural mediation.”
Through exchange and dialogue, artists and creators have a unique opportunity to engage citizens of all ages in their practice, while citizens delve into stimulating participatory experiences exploring their own creativity and curiosity.”
So mark your calendars! Culture Days 2011 (Journées de la culture in Québec and Alberta Arts Days) will take place in every province and territory from Friday, September 30 to Sunday, October 2.
March 4, 2011
Culture Days 2011 Pre-Registration Opens on March 15!
We’re happy to announce that pre-registration for activity organizers planning events during the Culture Days 2011 weekend will open March 15 and run through to April 22, 2011.
The pre-registration period will be a chance for you to show your early support and your plans to participate in Culture Days 2011. Culture Days offers a free, online, easy to use activity registration system. If you organized an activity last year, you’ll be able to log on using the same user-name and password. Don’t worry, not all the details of your activity need to be confirmed at this early stage – you will be able to go back and make changes and updates to your registered activity as your plans for Culture Days come together. By pre-registering, you’ll be putting your stake in the sand and declaring that you will be participating in Culture Days 2011!
Why register early? There are some great benefits if you register your Culture Days activity during the pre-registration period including having your participation in Culture Days 2011 announced as part of a major national media launch this spring!
Culture Days runs a major national awareness campaign with partners CBC, The Globe and Mail and St. Joseph Communications (publishers of Canadian Family, Fashion, Where Canada and Toronto Life magazines). This media campaign ensures that all Canadians are aware of Culture Days and supports your local promotional efforts.
When you register an activity, you also benefit from:
- full access to customizable Culture Days campaign materials to help you plan and promote your activity, including a Local Marketing and PR Tool Kits
- an array of tips, tools and guides to help you best promote your activity
- a connection to other local participants who have joined Culture Days, as well as to your regional representatives for support throughout the process of planning and promoting your Culture Days activity
Be sure to watch this space as other exciting benefits to pre-registration will be announced in the coming weeks.
Intrigued? Ready to jump on the early bird train for another successful Culture Days event this fall? Mark your calendar for March 15 and watch your inbox over the next few weeks for other pre-registration details for Culture Days 2011.
Don’t hesitate to contact regional Culture Days representatives in your area or email info[at]culturedays[dot]ca with any questions you may have. You can also join the free telephone information session on March 22 at 2pm ET where we’ll be answering questions, providing tips and walking through the online registration process for Culture Days activities.
The first Culture Days telephone information session was held on February 22nd. The response was incredible with over 40 people from across the country registering for the free teleconference, asking questions about how they can participate. Others shared their ideas and great experiences of Culture Days 2010. Thanks to everyone who participated in this first call!
These free tele-info sessions will continue on a bi-weekly basis from March through to the Culture Days weekend. View the schedule of upcoming sessions and register soon to reserve your spot.
Upcoming Info Sessions will focus on topics such as:
March 8 – Municipal Leadership
If you’re involved in your community as a municipal worker or a municipal arts council member, this is the Info Session for you! Hear from those municipal leaders who made Culture Days 2010 a success in their communities and learn how they did it; ask questions and share with other municipal workers on how you can make the best of your Culture Days 2011 experience.
March 22 – How to Pre-Register a Culture Days Activity
Culture Days 2011 online activity Pre-Registration opens on March 15! This Info Session will answer questions about how to register an activity as part of pre-registration, outline some of the benefits of pre-registering and walk you through the process.