What is Culture Days?
Virtually any activity is possible during Culture Days as long as it is free and brings creators and the public closer
together: visitors to a theatre are invited to attend a dress rehearsal, a professional songwriter records a song with
a class of students, a glassblower shares the glow of their studio, a museum opens its restoration workshop to the
public, a walking tour encourages neighbours to look at their architecture in a whole new light ... the possibilities
There is no fee to register. If you have a free participatory or interactive arts or cultural activity to offer the public
during the Culture Days weekend—be it new or something you already have planned—register it at culturedays.ca.
When you register your activity, you will be asked to provide details (address, time(s), date(s), photos, etc.) and will
benefit from a major national marketing and communications campaign, including access to free customizable
Culture Days materials to help promote your activity.
For best results and to increase the chances of attracting attendance to your activity, consider submitting a proposal to work collaboratively with one of our activity space partners.
Follow these guidelines to become eligible to participate!
Your activity is free to the public
All activities registered as part of Culture Days are to be offered as free activities. That is, they cannot be ticketed or occur in a space that charges admission. If you have already planned a mix of free and ticketed programs, register your free activities with Culture Days, and just let the public know that you have other activities available as well. Fundraisers or sales can happen in proximity to your free event as long as they do not overshadow or restrict/prevent access to free activities.
Note: Asking for voluntary donations or placing a donation box near the entrance is not the same as requiring donations.
The activity takes place during the Culture Days weekend: September 29, 30 and/or October 1.
Activities registered as part of Culture Days take place during this year’s Culture Days weekend, but you do not need to have three days of activities or activities that last all day. Even a single one-hour participatory event scheduled during the Culture Days weekend qualifies. If your organization already offers arts learning or outreach activities, simply schedule one of your regular events during Culture Days.
The activity is participatory
All Culture Days activities are participatory in nature. This means that your activity involves some kind of hands-on aspect or offer the public “backstage”/behind-the-scenes access to see how you do, what you do. Invite the public to go beyond a typical audience experience and instead play a part in the creative process. For instance, if you are in a choir, rather than stage a performance, you might offer a workshop on how to sing or harmonize; if you own or operate a dance studio, you might offer a dance class; if you are involved in a community radio station, you could offer a guided tour of your studio.
Engagement and participation is key regardless of the activity. Don’t forget that fun counts too! Most people love to do what they normally don’t have a chance to experience. Refer to the activity types in the upcoming section for more participation ideas.
The activity is registered at culturedays.ca
When you register your activity online, you officially become part of Culture Days and benefit from the national promotional campaign that directs the public to the website to discover activities in their community. Registering online also gives you the chance to be included in the national Public Relations and Marketing campaign. You can also sign up to get regular e-newsletters with valuable advice and news about Culture Days