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Discover hidden cultural treasures in Kingston during Culture Days

September 19, 2016 -

More than 2,000 free activities will take place in more than 170 communities across Ontario to celebrate the seventh anniversary of Culture Days on Sept. 30 – Oct. 2, 2016, including more than 50 activities that are planned to take place right here in Kingston!

Choose from a myriad of FREE hands-on and behind-the-scenes activities in a wide range of disciplines including: visual arts, music, dance, theatre, architecture, heritage, martial arts, literature, craft, Indigenous arts, culinary arts and new media. Discover some of the great artists and cultural groups who call Kingston home and experience all that Ontario's arts and culture has to offer. No experience necessary, the possibilities are endless!

"Kingston is home to so much cultural vibrancy and diversity. I encourage everyone to get out and explore all the free Culture Days activities to offer. Express your love of culture and your community this year by inviting friends and family to join you at Culture Days events!" said Bob Giarda, Culture Days community organizer.

Launch Event Details

Date / Time: Sept. 30 at 9:30 – 10 a.m.

Location:  Confederation Park, across from City Hall, 216 Ontario St.

What: World Champion Towne Crier, Chris Whyman will launch Culture Days Kingston. Followed by a Culture Days flag-raising and a reading of the City of Kingston's Proclamation declaring Sept. 30 – Oct. 2, 2016 officially "Culture Days in the City of Kingston."

Community Schedule: Discover all of the activities planned for Kingston. Go www.culturedays.ca, search "Activities" and enter your postal code.

Check out some of the many free and fun Culture Days activities in Kingston on Sept. 30 to Oct. 2 including:

  • Anne Frank - A History for Today Traveling Exhibition – Sept. 30 & Oct.1, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. (http://bit.ly/2bWHUK8). While the exhibition focuses on one family's experience during the Holocaust, the story is universal and encourages visitors to consider the effects of prejudice, discrimination, exclusion and violence. Recommended for adults and youth in grades 5 and up.
  • Viva Voce: Our Youth, Telling Our Stories – Saturday, Oct. 1, 2:30 – 4p.m. (http://bit.ly/2cMg2xq). In cooperation with Kingston WritersFest, celebrate young literary talent with poet Ashley Elizabeth-Best. She'll be reading from her remarkable debut collection Slow States of Collapse. Meg Erb and Thalia Danielson, winners of the Merilyn Simonds Protégé Project 2016 (developed with Pathways to Education) read original pieces composed during their four-month private mentorship with local writers, and are followed by a selection of curated original readings by promising writers, aged 13-30.
  • Intergenerational Multicultural Community Drum Circle – Sunday, Oct. 2, 6 – 8 p.m. (http://bit.ly/2c6RHTe). Celebrate arts and culture with the open community drum, sing, and dance circle!! Join Yessica Rivera Belsham, Brian Howell, and Linda Beazley of Kingston Drum Circle and Rhythm Momentum for an evening of creative and cathartic evening full of drumming, singing, and dancing. Extra drums and other percussion available! Extra belly dancing skirts available, too. 

Visit www.on.culturedays.ca to find out what activities are happening in Kingston. Search for activities near you and plan your weekend using the customizable Culture Days Bright Spots Schedule (https://culturedays.ca/en/bright-spots-program), presented by Sun Life Financial.

Attached Pic Shows

Live Kingston School of Dance costume drawing at the Tett Centre during Kingston Culture Days 2015. Photo credit: Rob Mooy

Go to http://on.culturedays.ca/en/newsroom for images from Culture Days 2015.

About Ontario Culture Days

At Ontario Culture Days, we believe culture is the collective thread that connects and binds together. Culture is the heart of vibrant, livable communities. The vision of Ontario Culture Days is to foster awareness, participation, engagement, and support of a diverse artistic and cultural community that is lived, created, and expressed by all Ontarians.

Ontario Culture Days is part of the national Culture Days celebration representing the largest-ever public participation campaign undertaken by the Canadian arts and cultural community.  Since 2010, more than 10 million Canadians have participated in over 40,000 Culture Days activities hosted by over 5,000 Canadian artists, cultural organizations and groups across Canada.

For more details about Ontario Culture Days please visit: www.on.culturedays.ca. Connect to Culture Days on Facebook and join the conversation @ONCultureDays.

Ontario Culture Days is supported by:

The Ontario Trillium Foundation, Ontario Arts Council, Ontario Cultural Attractions Fund and Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation.

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For more information about Culture Days activities in Kingston or to coordinate interviews with local representatives, please contact:

Bob Giarda
Communications officer
City of Kingston cultural services
bgiarda@cityofkingston.ca
613-546-4291, ext. 1363

For more information about what's happening across Ontario, for hi-res photography or to coordinate interviews with provincial spokespeople, please contact:

Touchwood PR

Susan Smythe-Bishop
susan@touchwoodpr.com
416-597-0777 Ext. 203

or

Daniel French
daniel@touchwoodpr.com
416-593-0777 Ext. 205