It's the celebration of arts and culture across Canada. We are the best as far as I'm concerned.
—Jean Giguère, co-chair of Culture Days in Manitoba
It's going to be one big celebration of culture across Canada.
"With every song, with every picture painted, with every story told, with every creative act, over the three days of Culture Days, another bridge will be built," said Jamie Oliviero. "People will come together, be connected."
Oliviero shared his storytelling talents at a press conference announcing the 2012 edition of Culture Days. Last year he organized a whole storytelling day in Central Park that had a huge impact on the neighbourhood. And he's planning another storytelling day at this year's edition of the festival.
Yes, Culture Days is back. This three-day long festival allows you to explore any and every kind of art you could imagine.
RWB's Dance Downtown takes place Sept. 30 (courtesy of Culture Days)
There are more than 270 events to check out in Manitoba including free hands-on and behind the scenes activities. You can visit galleries, hear music, catch a film, dance with the Royal Winnipeg Ballet, watch out for pop-up art, even make your own chalk drawings on Winnipeg streets.
Events large and small will take place as far north as Churchill and as far south as Altona, with Flin Flon taking the prize with 45 artistic activities on offer. "Crystal Kolt is this dynamo who organizes the whole north for us," said Jean Giguère. co-chair of Culture Days in Manitoba.
Giguère is very enthusiastic about this year's lineup. "It's the celebration of arts and culture across Canada. We are the best as far as I'm concerned. We send our culture everywhere and it's appreciated. But to celebrate it at home like this, this is really something."
And don't forget Nuit Blanche WInnipeg
, the all-night extravaganza on Sept. 29 with performances, installations and screenings from dusk to dawn at the Winnipeg Art Gallery, Plug In, Exchange District and St. Boniface. Last year more than 7,500 participants attended.
"It's created an atmosphere of cooperation and enthusiasm that everyone is really responding to," says Giguère.