Provincial Press Release August 5, 2021 @ 2:06 pm published at 2:15 pm
Alberta Culture Days, the month-long celebration of arts, heritage, diversity and community spirit, will feature more than 100 free activities for Albertans to enjoy.
Alberta’s government awarded 122 grants to organizations across the province to host Alberta Culture Days events in September. Almost $350,000 was distributed to applicants hosting events in their communities.
“Culture is an important economic and social driver in our province. Alberta Culture Days helps us celebrate and appreciate the rich and diverse arts and culture on display in every corner of our province. As we come together in healing and reopening post-COVID, I invite all Albertans to take part in as many events as they can. This year’s Alberta Culture Days truly offers something for everyone and should not be missed.” Ron Orr, Minister of Culture
Five feature celebration sites received funding for three days of free, family-friendly events:
Allied Arts Council of Lethbridge
Arts Council Wood Buffalo (Fort McMurray)
Casa Mexico in Alberta Foundation (Calgary)
Edmonton Opera Association
Red Deer Arts Council
A total of 84 host celebration sites received funding for up to two days of activities and 33 pop-up celebration sites received funding for one day. A complete list of sponsored and unsponsored events is available at albertaculturedays.ca.
Almost 250,000 Albertans participated in virtual and in-person Alberta Culture Days celebrations in 2020, with 47 communities hosting 943 events.
Alberta Culture Days started in 2008 as a celebration of Alberta’s arts and cultural communities, known as Alberta Arts Day.
In 2009, it changed from a one-day event to a three-day celebration, helping to inspire the establishment of National Culture Days in 2010.
In 2012, Alberta Arts Days was renamed Alberta Culture Days.