NEW GLASGOW – More than 7,000 free activities will take place in an estimated 850 communities across Canada for the annual Culture Days Friday through Sunday, including a variety of activities planned to take place right here in New Glasgow.
“Culture is an integral part of what makes our community vibrant and the Town of New Glasgow is very proud and excited to once again take a lead role in supporting and hosting Culture Days activities and to work with the cultural leaders in our region,” New Glasgow Mayor Barrie MacMillan said in a release. “This annual event is an opportunity to showcase the enormous talent and creativity that exists right here in New Glasgow and Pictou County.
He said he hopes that Pictou County residents will take the time to get out to the events planned and discover the talented local artists, cultural offerings and schedule of festivities.
“There are even some fun opportunities where we can roll up our sleeves and take part in some of the cultural/creative demonstrations,” he said. “Our people exude creativity and we are very proud of our cultural heritage.”
The fourth annual Culture Days will be celebrated in hundreds of cities and towns from coast to coast to coast, with thousands of free activities from a wide range of disciplines including: visual arts, music, dance, theatre, architecture, heritage, film and video, literature, culinary arts and new media.
Locally free activities are being hosted by organizations such as The Town of New Glasgow, Creative Pictou County, The Pictou County Multicultural Association, The Celtic Circle, the New Glasgow Farmers Market, the New Glasgow Heritage Committee and Friends of the Pioneer Cemetery and the New Glasgow-NSCAD Community Studio Residency Program.
"New Glasgow was pleased to be among the communities across Canada mentioned in The Globe and Mail in 2012 that were hosting Culture Days," says New Glasgow's director of marketing and communications Kim Dickson. "We are fortunate to live in a region with such a wealth of creative talent as well as to have town leaders who recognize and support the role of culture and the creative economy in the sustainability and well-being of our town."
To learn more, please visit www.culturedays.ca Connect with Culture Days on Facebook, Flickr and YouTube and join the conversation @culturedays on Twitter. Visit www.newglasgow.ca or www.facebook.com/NewGlasgowNovaScotia
Schedule of events
4 p.m. – 6 p.m.
Opening Exhibit 2013-14 NSCAD Community Studio Residents. New Glasgow Community Studio, 182 Dalhousie Street. The opening exhibit of the new NSCAD-New Glasgow Community Studio Residents welcomes Brianne Williams, Mary (M.E.) Sparks and Morgan Salter into the program.
Noon. Town of New Glasgow launches Action Plan for Addressing Racism and Discrimination. New Glasgow Town Hall, 111 Provost St. The Action Plan was unanimously approved by council on Sept. 3. A proclamation officially declaring it Culture Days in New Glasgow will also be signed at this time by New Glasgow Mayor Barrie MacMillan.
Noon - 6 p.m. Fusion Festival, Glasgow Square Theatre, 155 Riverside Parkway. Highlights of this year's festival includes a multicultural market, international food, multicultural entertainment, a fashion show featuring traditional clothing from around the world, a dress-up booth where children and adults can try on clothing from various countries, sports and activities organized by Active Pictou County, a Children's Tent organized by a local teacher with face painting, henna, bubbles, chalk and free gifts including books.
Noon - 5 p.m. Get Your Art On, Glasgow Square Theatre, 155 Riverside Parkway presented by Creative Pictou County Art Society. See art from many different disciplines and sit down for hands on demonstrations of how the artists make their art. Some of the artists being featured include painter Carolyn Vienneau; sculptor Carolyn Bedford Ritchie; photographer Josh MacKenzie; authors Jennifer Hatt and John Ashton and others.
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What is it?
Launched in 2010, Culture Days is a community-driven initiative guided by a National Steering Committee and 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. As a leading national voice for the active and engaged cultural life of all Canadians, Culture Days provides support, tools and resources to a wide variety of artists and cultural organizations to help them unite the country through engagement in culture.