Culture Days

Launched in 2010, Culture Days is the largest public initiative undertaken by the arts and culture community in Canada. For the third annual Culture Days event in 2012, 600,000 artists, arts and cultural organizations, and community groups volunteered to host nearly 7,000 free activities in cities and towns across Canada.

This year’s Culture Days weekend will take place on September 27, 28, and 29, 2013 and will offer a unique opportunity to meet and work with artists, creators, dancers, designers, and historians.

Here's a list of our favourite Culture Days activities filled with family fun and inspiration (and it's all free).

1. Put on your dancing shoes and head over to the National Ballet of Canada School to take part in a ballet class (6-8 years old and 9-11 years old) or a Bollywood class for all ages and levels.

2. Visit the Koren Canadian Cultural Centre and and participate in a Koren Dance Workshop led by Mi Young Kim Dance Company.

3. The Toronto Public Library will offer forty free programs such as, a steelpan drum performance and martial arts workshop, at branches across the city.

4. The Gardiner Museum of Ceramic Art will be free on Sunday. Families can explore the galleries and then get messy in the clay studios. There will even be a sneak peek of an upcoming Nuit Blanche performance.

5. Just across the street, walk over to the ROM to meet an archaeologist and look at some rarely seen artifacts from the Mesopotamian education collection.

6. Younge-Dundas Square will become a melodic escape from the busy city as children are invited to use recycled materials to create musical instruments.

7. Get creative while mixing art and science at Pueblo Science's Workshop.

8. Take part in a Chalk Street Art Workshop at Allen Gardens.

9. Wychwood Barns will showcase their Barns Art Market and a collection of artist studio will be open to the public (plus there is a really great playground and sand box for kids).

10. TIFF Bell Lightbox will host interactive film-based activities for the whole family all weekend long.

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