Mahatma Gandhi once said "a nation's culture resides in the hearts and in the soul of its people."
The great French writer Albert Camus said "without culture, and the relative freedom it implies, society, even when perfect, is but a jungle. This is why any authentic creation is a gift to the future."
With that in mind, we want to tell you about a big event happening this weekend across Canada: the 3rd annual Culture Days.
Coast-to-Coast, the idea is to celebrate the arts and cultural life in Canada and encourage people to get involved in the cultural side of their communities.
This year, one of the biggest events is happening in Calgary - which has been named a Cultural Capital for 2012.
The show will hosted by George, along with David Gray and Nirmala Naidoo of CBC Calgary. It gets underway at 5:30 pm local time. CBC LIVE will be there to capturing everything that's happening and telling Culture Days stories.
As well, the CBC's Jian Ghomeshi will record a special live edition of 'Q' at MacEwan Hall on the University of Calgary campus tomorrow.
But that's not all. All weekend long, Culture Days is happening across the country, with 7,000 free activities in nearly 800 cities and towns.
It's a great way to discover artists, creators, historians, architects, curators, designers and other creative people in your community.
And organizers are encouraging everyone to get involved - families, arts and cultural groups, community groups, artists, municipalities, libraries, schools, businesses.
Here's a video from CBC's Manitoba Scene.
Culture Days takes place this Friday, Saturday and Sunday (September 28, 29 and 30th). You can go to culturedays.ca to find activities in your community.
Plus, you can keep up-to-date with Culture Days on Twitter by following @CultureDays. And you can get in on the national conversation by using the hashtag #CULTURE, and completing the sentence "#CULTURE is ________ to me".
Culture Days is also on Facebook with links and videos suggesting how people can get involved and take part in their cultural community.
And if you can't make it to one of the Culture Days Events this weekend, here's an extensive list of festivals and cultural events across the country all year round.
If art galleries and museums are more your thing, there's a pretty good list here.
Or if you want to settle in with a good book, Maclean's has a list of its top ten Canadian books of the decade (2000-2009).
Just don't read one this weekend. Get out and enjoy Culture Days!