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Celebrate Alberta's diversity through Culture Days

September’s month-long celebration of art, music, cuisine and dance continues with free, family-friendly events hosted by government-sponsored sites.
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Look for celebrations through September to mark the diverse culture of our province. Photo: Metro Creative Connection

September’s month-long celebration of art, music, cuisine and dance continues with free, family-friendly events hosted by government-sponsored sites.  Many sites represent Indigenous, French Canadian, Chinese and East Asian culture and art through music, film, literature and dance.

"Culture defines who we are, how we live and what we think about ourselves. This year, Culture Days it is also about connecting with our community again in meaningful and positive ways," said Ron Orr, Minister of Culture.

September is also Month of the Artist

This is also the second year in which the Month of the Artist, a celebration of our province’s artists and the economic and social value they bring to our province, is running in conjunction with Alberta Culture Days. Month of the Artist, along with the appointment of Alberta’s third Artist in Residence as an arts ambassador, is part of the government’s commitment to recognize artists’ contributions to the province.

Albertans and visitors can find a calendar of events at albertaculturedays.ca.

Experience Calgary Culture Days events

Calgary Culture Days runs to September 30 with a full lineup of arts and cultural events to experience in the city. The month-long celebration showcases Calgary’s arts scene with events that highlight the many cultures in our city featuring local talent.

"We are very excited to present a positive and inspiring experience with Calgary’s diverse range of cultures through arts and recreation," said Jennifer Thompson, The City of Calgary Manager for Arts and Culture.

In the spirit of community collaboration and celebration of Calgary’s cultures, the Culture Days Drum Circle is relying on public participation alongside a diverse group of multicultural musicians. Artists are invited to play a variety of drums and percussion instruments, and connect through rhythm and music. All are invited to this event at Unity Park on International Avenue from 12:30 – 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, September 18.

The City has also collaborated with Colouring It Forward Reconciliation Society (CIFRS) to host Culture Days: Pokaiks-the Children on September 25 at Olympic Plaza. Showcasing Indigenous culture, this family-friendly event will foster reconciliation through the arts. All are invited to join the CIFRS’s third Annual Orange Shirt Day event, featuring a walk down Stephen Avenue starting at 9:30 a.m. followed by a FREE event on the Plaza from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. featuring Juno award winner Celeigh Cardinal, speakers from the community, and traditional dancing.

There are many cultural events and activities happening around the city throughout September – from the Honens Festival’s free open air concert at Central Memorial Park, to the Multicultural Fall Festival at the Calgary Chinese Cultural Centre and the Calgary International Film Festival (CIFF) that runs Sept. 23 – Oct. 3.

For a complete listing of events visit Calgary.ca/CultureDays.

In 2020, almost 250,000 Albertans participated in virtual and in-person Alberta Culture Days celebrations, with 47 communities hosting 943 events. This year, the government provided some $350,000 to assist with celebrations in 122 sites across the province.