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Kingston to host national launch of Culture Days Sept. 25-27

September 14, 2015 –

This year's Culture Days will kick-off with the free community Daybreaker Dance Party from 6:30 to 8:30 a.m. on Friday, Sept. 25 at The Tett Centre for Creativity and Learning at 370 King St. W., Kingston, ON.

This event, that is sure to get you energized, will launch 2015's Culture Days weekend, Sept. 25 to 27. Culture Days offers dozens of free events all around the Kingston and area. During this local and nation-wide celebration, artists, organizations and communities offer free, hands-on, interactive activities so that people can have fun as they create, share and participate in culture. All ages welcome, no experience needed.

"Culture Days is a fantastic annual event that offers everyone across Canada the chance to participate in cultural activities of their own choosing – dance, music, art, film – whatever captures your curiosity and inspires your creativity.  This year, Kingston will be helping to kick off Culture Days, in partnership with the Kingston Arts Council, with the Daybreaker Dance Party at The Tett Centre and we hope people will take the opportunity to enjoy all the different offerings available across the city and across the country over the weekend," says Colin Wiginton, the City of Kingston's cultural director.

Plan your Culture Days weekend at www.on.culturedays.ca.

Have culture to share? There's still time to register an event before the deadline of September 18, 2015.  Go to www.on.culturedays.ca  to register a Culture Days activity (register under the "Participate" menu). 

Already on the roster are:

  • ArtAfterDark – enjoy an evening stroll from gallery to gallery from 7 to 10 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 25.
  • Legomania! – at the Pump House Steam Museum from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Sept. 26.
  • The doctor will see you – a 1890s medical demonstration at the Museum of Health Care, 32 George St., from 11 to 11:45 a.m. or 1 to 1:45 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 26.
  • Creativity and Learning at The Tett Centre – three full days of FREE programming including life drawing and cardboard cities on Saturday and Samba drumming and Capoeira dance on Sunday. Check out our open studios throughout the building all weekend long.
  • Sound performance by Ulrich Panzer – 2 to 3 p.m. Saturday at the Agnes Etherington Art Gallery, 36 University Ave.
  • CFRC's Soundwalk – a tour of the city's listening environments from 3 to 5 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 27.
  • Kingston Sports Day – a Streets Alive event featuring 10 sports on King Street and in City Park from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 27.
  • Streets Alive – Streets Alive Kingston is a community celebration of healthy living and active transportation. Come walk, cycle, wheel, stroll, blade or skateboard along a car-free stretch of King Street, between Barrie and Brock streets. Programmed play areas will be set up in Macdonald Park, City Park and Springer Market Square and on Gore and William streets at King. Sunday, September 27, 2015 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m  (see http://www.cs4lkingston.com/kga-month)
  • Capoeira! - Learn about the rhythms, movements and music of this Brazilian art form during a two-hour interactive workshop. For ages 13+, registration required. Presented by the Kingston Arts Council and hosted on Sunday in two locations, in partnership with the Boys and Girls Club of Kingston (10 a.m. to 12 p.m. at 1300 Bath Rd.) and the Kingston School of Dance (3 to5 p.m. at 370 King St. West).

Launched in 2010, Culture Days is a volunteer-driven initiative guided by a national organization in collaboration with volunteer Provincial Task Forces whose members come from a variety of backgrounds including cultural programming, tourism, municipal cultural planning and public engagement who rally their arts and cultural communities to promote the event to the public in communities of all sizes across Canada.

Ontario Culture Days is supported by the Ontario Arts Council and the Government of Ontario in recognition of Celebrate the Artist Weekend.

Connect with other culture enthusiasts @ONCultureDays.

About the City of Kingston

The City of Kingston provides municipal services to 125,000 residents living in this visually stunning, historic city, often ranked one of the best places to live in Canada. In 2014, it was named a Top 7 Smart Community by the Intelligent Community Forum. Kingston is focusing on being smart and livable as it pursues its vision to become Canada's most sustainable city. We focus on environmental responsibility, social equity, economic health and cultural vitality - - ensuring that today's decisions don't compromise our future.  Please visit www.CityofKingston.ca and join the conversation on social media.

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Media contact: For more information contact Julie Fossitt, Marketing Administrator 613-546-4291, ext. 1143. Or call the City of Kingston's media hotline at 613-546-4291, ext. 2300.