We’re down to the final weeks before Alberta Culture Days kicks off again across the province. Communities are already hard at work putting together events and cultural showcases, including 52 celebration sites.
For those of you who don’t know, Alberta Culture Days is a three-day celebration of everything cultural in Alberta. It’s the perfect opportunity for Albertans to come together to share, celebrate and promote the wildly creative, wonderfully vibrant communities where we live. It’s also an opportunity to enjoy all that is great about Alberta in the waning days of summer.
Alberta Culture Days aims to help build our province and enrich our communities by encouraging and promoting local culture. To help community organizations achieve this goal, the Government of Alberta offers seed money to assist with the costs associated with planning events. Organizations that receive this funding are designated as official Alberta Culture Days Celebration Sites. This year, there are four three-day “feature” celebration sites and 48 other celebration sites hosting one or two day events across Alberta.
Feature Celebration Sites:
The feature celebration sites were chosen based on qualities such as partnerships within the community, diversity of programming, incorporation of local talent and interactive, family-friendly activities. The 2015 sites are:
- artsPlace is hosting Canmore’s Festival of Art and Creativity, presenting over a dozen workshops, a marketplace, a community stage, a furniture building competition, a community campfire, and first ever Creative Combat;
- Edmonton’s Nuit Blanche, offering a free, all-night contemporary art festival throughout downtown Edmonton;
- The Centre for Creative Arts in Grande Prairie, where visitors can learn how to hoop dance, catch a few outdoor movies produced right in the Peace region, enjoy some stargazing or try their hand at photography with a photo walk; and
- Lacombe Regional Tourism, offering a wide array of activities including woodworking, photography, writing, local history insights and agricultural heritage information, blacksmithing, horseshoeing, and farm tours.
Host an Alberta Culture Days Event!
You don’t need to formally apply to host an event—anyone can do it! In fact, all Albertans are encouraged to share in the experience of Alberta Culture Days by attending, volunteering for or planning an event to showcase your community’s unique talents, pride and passions.
- a) Use these Tools and Tips to get some ideas or help plan an event. There are even customizable promotional tools for you to download and use including the handy easy-to-use mobile app (currently only for iOS). Albertans will be able to look up your event right from their phones.
- b) Put your event on the Alberta Culture Calendar; you will get the benefit of ongoing promotions and marketing.
An Alberta Culture Days event doesn’t have to be fancy. It can be anything from a showcase of traditional dance, a concert put on by the neighbourhood kids, exhibits and art walks to backstage tours, school activities and a food festival. It just needs you and your neighbours to get involved and have some fun!
Check it out: