Cultural Events Receive Boost from Province
Albertans will have 92 official celebration sites to choose among during Alberta Culture Days, September 26 to 28.
Culture Days is an annual event celebrating the arts, heritage, diversity and community spirit. Events range from traditional dance shows, concerts, historical exhibits and art walks to backstage tours, school activities and culinary samplings. Events receiving provincial funding are designated official Alberta Culture Days Celebration Sites.
“Culture matters to the well-being of Albertans and the growth and prosperity of our province'" says Heather Klimchuk, Minister of Culture. "The Government of Alberta is pleased to make this seed money available to event planners, which in turn will help draw attention to our amazing local culture, as well as provide Albertans with more opportunities to engage in cultural pursuits.”
Five organizations have been selected as Feature Celebration Sites and will present three days of programming:
•Creative Airdrie Society
•Stony Plain Public Library
•Vermilion Allied Arts Council
•Nanton and District Chamber of Commerce and,
•Regroupement artistique francophone de l'Alberta.
Eight-seven other groups throughout the province have been designated Host Celebration Sites and will present one to two days of family-friendly programming.
Grants totaling $375,000 were awarded based on several factors, including partnerships within the community; diversity of programming; incorporation of local talent; and interactive, family-friendly activities.
Anyone can host an Alberta Culture Days event. Event planning ideas and customizable promotional tools can be found at AlbertaCultureDays.ca
In 2013, 94 communities hosted 1,455 Alberta Culture Days events.
Alberta Culture Days is part of national Culture Days, a pan-Canadian movement to raise the awareness, accessibility, participation and engagement of all Canadians in the arts and cultural life of their communities.
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