- Over 3 million people attend the most well-attended Culture Days to date.
- Culture Days is a registered charity.
As another year comes to a close, Canada has outdone itself once again, releasing a colorful flood of creative expression that resulted in the most attended Culture Days ever, with a record 3.4 million people estimated to have treated over 2,800 events across the country.
The 12th annual Culture Days took place from September 24th to October 24th to connect communities from coast to coast through a national celebration of arts, culture, and creativity.
An estimated 3.4 million people participants and online to enjoy, create, and explore through special performances, workshops, digital demos. Late-night art adventures, exhibitions, history lessons, at-home crafting, and more, indicating that audiences are ready to return to support local arts and culture.
Culture Days owes much of its victory to the hundreds of event organizers who proved an unwavering commitment to creative expression, knowledge sharing, and community by organizing over 2,800 free, participatory events in over 250 communities and over 40 languages.
A record-breaking year has revealed a list of the Top Participating Communities in 2021. These rural towns, mid-sized cities, and urban centers were recognized nationally as arts and culture champions—communities brimming with creators, artists, storytellers, and organizations eager to share the value of arts and culture with their communities at a time when it is most needed.
According to a post-event survey, 83% of respondents believe that art and culture play an essential role in post-pandemic recovery, with 85% feeling that events like Culture Days help build strong communities and foster meaningful community engagement (Maru/Matchbox, 2021). Indeed, Culture Days exists all year to encourage, promote, and affirm an artistic and cultural life for all.
Culture Days has risen to be Canada’s most significant cultural event, attracting millions of visitors each year to thousands of free activities and performances hosted by artists, cultural organizations, and municipalities in hundreds of communities across the country. Culture Days programs invite the public to participate in hands-on and behind-the-scenes activities that highlight the importance of arts and culture by connecting communities and creators.
The national office of Culture Days collaborates with provincial partners and a diverse network of event organizers, ranging from grassroots community volunteers to significant institutions. As a guiding national voice for an active also engaged cultural life, Culture Days offers a variety of tools and skill development resources that lead to increased cultural engagement.