St Catharines’ Culture Days kick off this Friday

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Published September 22, 2021 at 2:08 pm

St Catharines is getting ready for its Culture Days, starting this Friday (September 24) and running a full month until October 24.

With more than 100 arts and culture activities as part of Culture Days, the city is expanding its traditional weekend-long format to fill an entire month for the second year in a row.

The city has teamed up with the arts and culture community to offer a wide variety of in-person activities (in compliance with health protocols), including sculpture, painting, mixed media and drawing workshops. There is also a robust lineup of engaging virtual experiences, including digital photo editing, traditional animation, drama, and art-making workshops.

St Catharines Culture Supervisor Noora Rizvi said, “We are so fortunate to have a wealth of experiences when it comes to Culture Days activities. The sheer breadth of free family-friendly and diverse cultural offerings means that there’s something for everyone. Many of the local artists and organizations participating are supported with micro-grants from the St. Catharines Culture Investment Program.”

“This builds on the momentum of our 2020 event, when Culture Days Canada recognized St. Catharines as the number one community for delivering the most arts and culture experiences.”

The city’s Annual Juried exhibit kickstarts Culture Days activities with a virtual opening reception on Friday, September 24 at 5 p.m., by livestream at www.stcatharines.ca/youtube.

In “The Art of Resilience”, Niagara-based artists share their insights on how the community has come together, demonstrated resilience and adapted through a year of change and challenge brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Other Culture Days highlights include:

  • Carousel Players’ Giant Puppet Party (Oct 2). Carousel invites you to create giant puppets at home (with the help of an instructional video) and then meet up in the park for their Giant Puppet Party;
  • The St. Catharines Public Library presents a series of in-person workshops each Saturday, exploring visual and performing arts;
  • The Niagara Artists Centre presents a series of exhibitions throughout the month and offers an in-person printmaking workshop (Oct. 24); and
  • Mexicanos in Niagara presents a “Day of the Dead” celebration at Market Square (Oct. 24).
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