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Culture Days Taking Over Winnipeg This Weekend

Culture Days Taking Over Winnipeg This Weekend

By Sarah Klein

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Culture Days celebrations are September 25-27 across Winnipeg. (DWAYNE LARSON PHOTO)

WINNIPEG — Outside of Folklorama, this weekend promises to be the most culture you may experience all year.

The sixth annual Culture Days takes place September 25-27, with Manitoba joining 29 other communities across Canada featuring 345 free activities.

“The aim of Culture Days is to promote the work of the artists and organizations who make Manitoba a more beautiful and exciting place to live”, said Culture Days Manitoba project manager Melissa Courcelles.

“Our goal is to make art and cultural celebrations accessible to Manitobans and to expose them to even more of the cultural projects taking place in every community across the province.”

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Culture Days Kicks Off in Manitoba

Culture Days Kicks Off in Manitoba

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Performers with the Aboriginal School of Dance entertain visitors during the Culture Days launch at The Forks on Friday, September 26, 2014. (STAN MILOSEVIC / CHRISD.CA)
Ron Lemieux
Ron Lemieux, Minister of Tourism, Culture, Sport, speaks during the Culture Days launch on Friday. (STAN MILOSEVIC / CHRISD.CA)

Manitoba’s vast diversity is on display this weekend with the annual Culture Days celebration.

Organizers held a launch under the canopy at The Forks on Friday, signalling the start of the three-day event taking place at venues across the province from September 26-28.

It’s the fifth annual Culture Days for Manitoba, with 340 free activities planned in total, including in many rural communities.

“For five years, Culture Days has given Canadians an opportunity to experience the artistic and cultural life of their communities,” said Shelly Glover, minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages.

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Marci Ien to Host Culture Days Awards Dinner

Marci Ien
Marci Ien (BELL MEDIA / CTV)

“Canada AM” co-host Marci Ien will host the annual Culture Days awards dinner in Winnipeg later this month.

The event on May 23 will culminate the 2014 National Congress on Culture taking place at the Winnipeg Art Gallery May 22-23.

One of Canada’s most accomplished and recognized news and media personalities, Ien is a passionate supporter of arts and culture, having sat on the Board of DAREarts, a Canadian not-for-profit organization that uses arts education to empower children to become leaders in their communities.

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Winnipeg to Host National Culture Days Congress

Winnipeg to Host National Culture Days Congress

Culture DaysWinnipeg will play host to the second annual Culture Days National Congress on Culture next month.

The two-day congress, held at the Winnipeg Art Gallery from May 22-23, will feature a provocative list of keynote speakers, panellists, cultural experts as well engaged participants from across the country.

Over the past four years, Culture Days has become a vibrant portal to increase the awareness, participation and engagement of Canadians in the arts and cultural life of their communities.

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La Vérendrye Reenactment Marks Fort Rouge Anniversary

La Vérendrye Reenactment Marks Fort Rouge Anniversary

By David Klassen

Pierre Gaultier de Varennes, Sieur de La Vérendrye
Pierre Gaultier de Varennes, Sieur de La Vérendrye

To mark the 275th anniversary of the construction of Fort Rouge, a reenactment of a French-Canadian explorer’s arrival to The Forks is planned for today.

Dressed in 18th century clothing, voyageurs and soldiers portraying Pierre Gaultier de Varennes, Sieur de La Vérendrye will make their way to The Forks Historic Port in two large canoes at 11 a.m.

The Culture Days event was originally scheduled for Saturday, but was postponed due to weather.

A contingent of soldiers and Cree warriors will announce the arrival by musket fire from the canoes and the shore. La Vérendrye will be greeted on shore by Cree reenactors who will invite him to meet with them. La Vérendrye and a Cree speaker will reenact a conversation held on September 24, 1738, as detailed in La Vérendrye’s Journals.

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‘Listening Lights’ Spotlighted as Culture Days Begin

‘Listening Lights’ Spotlighted as Culture Days Begin

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Point Douglas Councillor Mike Pagtakhan, Culture Days national director David Moss, and Winnipeg Mayor Sam Katz attend an event on Friday, September 27, 2013 to highlight the Listening Lights display on Market Avenue. (TED GRANT / CHRISD.CA)
Listening Lights
Listening Lights on Market Avenue (TED GRANT / CHRISD.CA)

A sidewalk lighting display that adds ambience on Market Avenue is being highlighted as part of this weekend’s Culture Days.

Listening Lights opened in March and is a 3D light sculpture inspired by a northern legend that says when one whistles, the Northern Lights become more intense and dance toward the whistle.

“Culture Days showcases and celebrates the diverse artistic and cultural talent within our province and across the country,” said Kevin Walters, project manager for Culture Days Manitoba. “This light sculpture is a true testament to the creative minds that participate in our event and will be a sight to be scene.”

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Culture Days to Dole Out National Awards for Arts, Culture

Culture Days to Dole Out National Awards for Arts, Culture

By Tyler Sutherland

Culture DaysA new national awards program has been launched to recognize and showcase outstanding initiatives taken to engage the public in arts and culture during the annual Culture Days weekend.

“We are absolutely delighted to be launching this dynamic new awards program,” said Culture Days national director David Moss. “This initiative will recognize the invaluable contributions individuals and organizations are making across the country to Canada’s vibrant arts and cultural landscape and to deepen their relationship with the public in their communities during Culture Days.”

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Nuit Blanche Artists to ‘Illuminate the Night’

Nuit Blanche Artists to ‘Illuminate the Night’

By Sarah Klein

Nuit BlancheSubmissions are now being accepted from artists for inclusion in the Illuminate the Night exhibit at the fourth annual Nuit Blanche Winnipeg this fall.

Organizers are encouraging the use of illumination, light, projections, and interactivity from performance artists, installation artists, textile artists, curators, art historians, architects, photographers, filmmakers and general creative thinkers.

Nuit Blanche Winnipeg will be held Saturday, September 28 across St. Boniface, downtown (WAG/ Plug In ICA) and the Exchange District. The annual event is a free all-night exploration and celebration of contemporary art.

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Manitoba Museum Dances the Night Away

Manitoba Museum Dances the Night Away

People dance at the Manitoba Museum as part of a 1960s-themed ‘Mad Men’ party on Saturday, September 29, 2012. The evening was part of the Nuit Blanche celebrations, which took place at multiple venues across the city. Live jazz bands, guided tours and a mocktail bar made up the night’s festivities. (HOWARD WONG PHOTO)
Manitoba Museum Going Mad with 1960s-Themed Party

Manitoba Museum Going Mad with 1960s-Themed Party

By David Klassen

The Manitoba Museum will be transformed to the 1960s “Mad Men” era tonight in celebration of Nuit Blanche.

From 7-11 p.m., guests will find themselves enjoying live jazz bands, vintage décor and a mocktail bar. Visitors are also encouraged to wear their best vintage party clothes.

Continuous self-guided tours of the museum will run all night, with special themed highlight tours of the museum galleries given in French or English every 45 minutes.

Admission to Nuit Blanche is free.