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From the history of the Welland Canal to its vibrant and growing arts scene, there is no shortage of culture in St. Catharines. The city will be celebrating it with the return of Culture Days, this year for longer than ever before.
Culture Days is an annual celebration that seeks to showcase the importance of arts and culture in Canadian communities. The St. Catharines community has participated in Culture Days since 2015 by providing funding to a number of local artists and organizations.
The city has once again prepared and begun participating in the Canada-wide celebration of arts and culture. This year’s celebration will expand from its traditional weekend-long format to encompass a whole month, from September 25 to October 25.
Every year, communities across Canada participate in Culture Days and engage in activities specific to the cultural landscapes of their communities. This year will be no different, albeit with the introduction of more online events and physical distancing measures for in-person events due to COVID-19.
In St. Catharines, a host of in-person activities are planned to take place throughout the month, including collaborative murals, painting, portrait drawing, printmaking, illustration and textile and knitting workshops and activities.
Those who prefer to remain at home can still participate in the celebrations. Events ranging from drama games to improv to community play development to steel drum music classes will be offered online.
Additionally, the FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre and TD Niagara Jazz festival are both offering a series of free online performances and concerts that will feature the Foster Festival, Carousel Players, Chorus Niagara Children’s Choir, Essential Collective Theatre and more.
“Culture in our city is so diverse, a month is hardly enough time to truly showcase how diverse and vibrant our community is,” said Kathleen Powell, Acting Supervisor of Cultural Services in St. Catharines. “With that said, this year’s expanded Culture Days lineup is a chance to take in the breadth of our culture, with events and activities for all ages, preferences and backgrounds. It’s a chance for everyone, no matter who they are, to participate in the unique culture of their city.”
This year, the city is focused on social diversity and inclusion in its lineup, as it will feature LGBTQ2S+ artists, special interest group participation and explorations of cultural traditions. You can engage with all artists and featured groups through the St. Catharines Culture Days website.
Individuals who desire to view a complete lineup and access further details can be found at www.stcatharines.ca/CultureDays. New activities will be added throughout the month so be sure to check back for updates.