Even though there’s still a couple months before Alberta Culture Days returns, planning has already begin in communities across the province. Planners are looking to make 2017 bigger than ever, and Culture and Tourism is looking to help, announcing 68 sites that will receive funding to support what are sure to be some amazing events.
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 five three-day “feature” celebration sites and 63 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. For 2017, the five Feature Celebration sites are:
- Beaver First Nation, High Level
- Albertans are invited to participate in a showcase of the history of Indigenous people from the blanket exercise to a tea dance/round dance and powwow. Gain a better understanding of the history of Indigenous people and learn about the way of life early in the 1900s.
- Stony Plain Public Library
- The Stony Plain community will be alive with an array of activities such as digital art creations, music, pottery, Métis finger weaving, bannock making and teepee tales.
- Francis Winspear Centre for Music, Edmonton
- To celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Francis Winspear Centre for Music, Albertans are invited to attend a massive block party. There will be live performances, workshops, multicultural dances and behind-the-scenes tours.
- cSPACE, Calgary
- Activities over the three days include a variety of free workshops, performances and exhibitions, along with a showcase of temporary art installations. Two major public art projects will also be unveiled.
- Canadian Mountain Arts Foundation, Canmore
- Join in a wide range of activities including free workshops, artist demonstrations, performances and free drop-in activities.
Check out the complete list of 2017 Alberta Culture Days Celebration sites to start your Culture Days plans.
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.
- Use the Culture Days Event Planning Guide to help plan an event. There are even customizable promotional tools for you to download and use including posters and media releases.
- Put your event on the National Culture Days 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!
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