Ontario has officially proclaimed September 30 to October 2, 2016 as Ontario Culture Days, to recognize and celebrate cultural diversity across the province.
This annual province wide arts and culture celebration offers free, interactive cultural activities in every corner of the province. Ontario Culture Days celebrates Ontario’s diverse stories, including Indigenous peoples’ distinct identities, histories and cultures.
Eleanor McMahon, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport, said: “Ontario Culture Days is an important initiative that celebrates diverse cultural events taking place in every corner of Ontario. The events highlight the importance of our local museums and galleries, while shining a bright light on Ontario’s diverse artist community. The government is delighted to proclaim Culture Days 2016 and officially recognize the vital role it plays in the cultural life of our province.”
Nearly 200 communities take part, offering over 2,000 activities to get residents and visitors engaged in and excited about culture in Ontario.
- Ontario Culture Days began in 2009 as a volunteer initiative to increase awareness, accessibility and engagement of Canadians in the cultural lives of their communities.
- The culture sector adds more than $25 billion to Ontario’s economy each year and generates about 280,000 jobs.
- In July 2016, the province launched its first Culture Strategy, promoting participation in arts and culture, building on the sector’s economic impact and helping Ontarians tell their stories and express themselves.
Supporting arts and culture is part of the government’s economic plan to build Ontario up and deliver on its number-one priority to grow the economy and create jobs, a statement said. – CINEWS