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Culture Days 2011

Culture Days, Kingston, OntarioLast weekend Canada celebrated the second annual Culture Days, a three-day event filled with opportunities to see, hear and discover culture in and around your city.  Artists volunteer their time and creativity to share hands-on, interactive activities that invite the public to participate “behind the scenes,” to discover the world of artists, creators, historians, architects, curators, and designers at work in their community.

Naturally, there were a ton of events for us to check out in Kingston.  The Kingston School of Dance and Samba Maracuja presented an evening of Afro Cuban dance lessons, The Agnes Etherington Art Centre offered free admission, The Kingston Symphony opened a rehearsal for all to see and hear, Reelout presented a film screening and yoga class, Queen’s Musical Theatre opened a rehearsal for their upcoming show, and The Gertrudes held a sing-along at McBurney Park.  This is only a handful of the events that went on last weekend.  You can see the complete list here.

On Saturday from 7:30am until 8:30pm, artist Andy Berg created a labyrinth in Boucher Park with the help of debris gathered from the streets of Kingston.  Filmmaker Josh Lyon caught the event:

A more intensive weekend-long project was run by Olivier Delcourt of the Marie Claude Delcourt Art School.  Participants spent the entire weekend from Friday afternoon until Sunday evening created this short film:

What did you think about Kingston’s take on Culture Days?  Did you participate in any events?  Perhaps you’re inspired to create an event of your own next year.  As always, please share any pics you have in our Flickr pool and if you’ve got a video, we’d love to see that too.

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving everyone!

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Danielle Lennon

Danielle Lennon is Kingstonist's Co-Founder. She was the Editor, Community Event Coordinator and Contributor at-large (2008-2018). She is otherwise employed as a section violinist with the Kingston Symphony, violin teacher, studio musician and cat lover. Learn more about Danielle...

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