Alberta Culture Days are held from September 25th to 27th to celebrate the culture and arts of communities across Alberta. A number of events and initiatives take place to increase engagement and visibility and to raise awareness and promote cultural diversity.
Events, Exhibits, Venues, and Performers
This 3-day event showcases artwork and celebrates heritage and cultural life through a number of events, including readings, performance arts and dances, short films, workshops, and other daytime events. There are events that showcase Aboriginal culture and artwork as well as contests, family-friendly events, and many others. Hundreds of communities in Alberta register each year, and events are held in bookstores, libraries, and other venues. Many of the daytime events are free to join, and visitors enjoy performances across artistic disciplines. A number of programs promote cultural life, including Alberta Jubilee Auditoria, Alberta Foundation for the Arts, Provincial Art Collections, and others. At present, the 3-day celebration is held annually at multiple locations, including Medicine Hat’s Esplanade Arts and Heritage Centre, Old’s Fine Arts and Multi Media Centre, Calgary’s EPCOR CENTRE for the Performing Arts, and others. Gala performers starred include Mike Plume, Karissa Sovdi, Cadence Weapon, Amy Heffernan, Jenn Beaupre, and many others.
How to Participate
The Government of Alberta encourages communities and performers to participate and offers grants to eligible applicants. Only applicants registered under the Indian Act of Canada, Canada Corporations Act, Agriculture Societies Act, are eligible to apply for a grant. Applicants are required to provide relevant information about events and initiatives to national, regional, and local media as well as Alberta Culture and Tourism staff members. Participants also submit financial reporting, attendance numbers, and a participation synopsis.