Posted on

Culture Days 2022 will move closer to pre-COVID-19 events while taking pandemic lessons

Culture Days 2022 will move closer to pre-COVID-19 events while taking pandemic lessons

The 2022 edition of Culture Days is weeks away and plans are afoot to make this year’s event a return to form for the festival.

The 2022 edition of Culture Days is weeks away and plans are afoot to make this year’s event a return to form for the festival.

Several new, old and remixed events are on the calendar for this year’s observance, which starts Sept. 23 and runs until Oct. 16. A lack of public health orders and restrictions around COVID-19 will allow organizers to have full capacity events indoors and out.

“We’re still on the post-COVID-19, trying to make sure we have lined things up, but we’re very grateful to have received funding from Hudbay, from the Flin Flon School Division and of course, from the arts council – and we are planning activities,” said lead organizer Crystal Kolt.

“We’re still trying to get a feeling as to what people want to do, but this is what I know – there are some really exciting events happening that are a little bit different than the norm.”

That includes makeovers of longtime Culture Days events. One such change is the Human Books event, which has usually featured prominent Flin Flonners at the Flin Flon Public Library to share stories and their backgrounds with interested onlookers. That event, as the public has known it, has changed – Kolt said it has been replaced with a wine and cheese evening where wines will be paired with books at the library.

Other events will stay on from previous years, like the Dancing Down Main Street event, the Walking Through a Volcano tour, the Wild Things outdoor market, a film screening from the Central Canada Film Group and a return of school programming and the Superstar program, which teaches local schoolkids skills and techniques used in circus training.

Out-of-town performers will also be a major part of this year’s Culture Days, which will include two incoming acts during the course of the events. Juno award winner Serena Ryder will perform at the Flin Flon Community Hall Oct. 16, with the Ivan Flett Memorial Dancers coming from Winnipeg to perform at the hall Oct. 1. Those shows will sandwich the Wild Rice Cabaret, which is set for Oct. 8 and is a charter event for Culture Days.

Yet more events are still in the planning stages and will not likely be firmed up until closer to opening day.

Posted on

Saudi Arabia has over 11,000 open spaces for cultural events

Saudi Arabia has over 11,000 open spaces for cultural events

DAMMAM There are a total of 11,623 open spaces for cultural activities in Saudi Arabia, according to a recent report.

These include urban centers, festival grounds, children’s playgrounds, public parks, and municipal squares, in addition to 48 popular and heritage markets. These markets are an example of the public squares available for holding local cultural festivals, and these represent an urban environment with which members of the community of all segments can interact, Al-Watan newspaper reported.

The report showed that the number of tourist trips for domestic tourists, which include cultural activities, reached unprecedented levels, with a total of 10.5 million trips in the first 10 months of 2021. This figure recorded a growth rate of 24 percent compared to 2019.

There has been a growing tendency on the part of domestic tourists to participate in cultural activities, with an increase of 18-20 percent. In another sense, one among each five tourist trips includes participation in one or more cultural activities. This is a general positive indicator of the growing interest in cultural activities, which means an increase in demand for the cultural show mainly related to tourism, such as attendance and participation in festivals and cultural events, and visiting heritage and archaeological sites. The cultural presence in open spaces is not limited to cultural events, but takes diverse forms, including mobile libraries, literature platforms, and display of murals and various forms of arts.

The report also highlighted the diversity of the cultural shows, and its availability and ease of access for the unaffluent members of the society. This shows that the cultural practices are no longer an elite affair, and that the cultural field is not limited to certain age groups with a prominence for elders and far from catering to the interests of the younger generation.

There was discrepancy in the frequency of cultural activities between various segments of society. This was evident from the fact that the participation of individuals belonging to higher economic levels frequently increases in cultural activities compared to their counterparts from the lower economic strata.

According to the data of the Cultural Participation Survey for 2021, the vast majority of the survey participants stated that they participate in the nearest cultural event being held in a public space no more than 40 minutes away from a car drive, and that only a quarter of the participants can reach these events in open public places in less than 20 minutes.

© Copyright 2022 The Saudi Gazette. All Rights Reserved. Provided by SyndiGate Media Inc. (

Posted on

Alberta Culture Days sponsored events announced

Alberta Culture Days sponsored events announced

Photo 40242975 © Juan Moyano |

By rdnewsNOW Staff

Month Long Celebration

Aug 8, 2022 | 4:03 PM

This September, the province’s month-long celebration of arts, heritage, diversity and community spirit are expected to offer more than 100 free activities across Alberta.

Provincial officials say Alberta Day will kick off Culture Days. Alberta became a province on Sept. 1, 1905, and the government has designated Sept. 1 as Alberta Day to recognize the anniversary and celebrate the province. This year’s inaugural Alberta Day aims to create ways and means to affirm the province’s cultural, economic and historical uniqueness.

Officials note, the Ministry of Culture and Status of Women recently awarded 104 grants to organizations across the province to host Alberta Culture Days events. About $350,000 has been distributed to applicants hosting events in their communities. Five feature celebration sites also received funding to host three days of free, family-friendly events. A total of 71 host celebration sites received funding to host at least two days of activities and 28 pop-up celebration sites received funding for one-day events.

This year’s feature celebration sites are:

Posted on

Calgary events share Indigenous culture, promote healing and reconciliation – Calgary |

Calgary events share Indigenous culture, promote healing and reconciliation - Calgary |

This week brings a new opportunity for Calgarians to connect with southern Alberta’s rich Indigenous culture.

It’s a chance for people to learn about the past and to make healing connections for the future.

It comes in the form of a series of weekly events at St. Patrick’s Island.

The free events will feature Indigenous knowledge-keepers sharing traditional stories, as well as drumming and singing.

Read more:

Indigenous and local knowledge can help build effective environmental policies: Calgary study

Among those leading the gatherings is Clarence Wolf Leg Jr., a member of the Siksika Nation.

“I’m a Blackfoot powwow singer — I’ve been doing this for about 30 years,” Wolf Leg Jr. said. “I’m just creating some positive energy.”

Story continues below advertisement

The events are being organized by Tarra Wright-Many Chief, whose company Many Chief Tours offers Indigenous-themed walking tours of St. Patrick’s Island.

Wright-Many Chief says, the purpose of free events is “to teach people about the history of the Blackfoot people and our connection to this area.”

Read more:

Calgary woman offers Indigenous history tours: ‘I love that it’s something I can share’

St. Patrick’s Island is in the Bow River, directly across from the place the Elbow River flows into it.

“[It is] close to the confluence of the two rivers, which is a sacred site for the Blackfoot people — people would come here to do ceremonies,” Wright-Many Chief said.  “And so it makes sense for us to come here and start creating space for Indigenous stories and knowledge to be shared — where it was traditionally shared thousands of years ago.”

Everyone is invited to attend the events, which run from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on six consecutive Fridays from July 22 to August 26.

“We’ll be providing some good vibes, and that’s what the powwow songs are meant for,” Wolf Leg Jr. said. “They’re meant to heal and to break down barriers, to help complete this reconciliation that we’re all going through.”

Story continues below advertisement




© 2022 Global News, a division of Corus Entertainment Inc.

Posted on

ACE Report: Arts, Culture and Entertainment events for the week of July 11-17

ACE Report: Arts, Culture and Entertainment events for the week of July 11-17

LANSING, Mich. — Here’s a look at a few ACE, Arts, Culture and Entertainment, events for the week of July 11 through July 17.

EVENT: Play in the Park with Joel Tacey    
DATE: Tuesday, July 12
LOCATION: Valley Court Park, East Lansing

EVENT: Meridian Parks and Rec Free Summer Concert Series
DATE: Wednesday, July 13
LOCATION: Meridian Farmers Market, Okemos

EVENT: Sea Cruisers perform                       
DATE: Wednesday, July 13
LOCATION: Turner-Dodge House, Lansing

Sea Cruisers.jpeg

Sea Cruisers

Sea Cruisers Band

EVENT: DAM JAM Music Festival
DATE: Thursday, July 14 through Saturday, July 16
LOCATION: Brenke Fish Ladder, Old Town Lansing

#3 DAM JAM MUSIC .jpeg

Lansing 5:01

Dam Jam Music Festival

EVENT: Ionia County Free Fair
DATE: Friday, July 15
LOCATION: Ionia Fair Grounds, Ionia

Ionia Free Fair.png

Ionia Free Fair

Ionia Free Fair

EVENT: Porkapalooza BBQ Cook-off
DATE: Saturday, July 16
LOCATION: 503 Brass Rail Bar, Jackson


Porkapalooza 2022

Porkapalooza 2022

Want to see more local news? Visit the FOX47News Website.

Stay in touch with us anytime, anywhere.

Sign up for newsletters emailed to your inbox.

Select from these options: Neighborhood News, Breaking News, Severe Weather, School Closings, Daily Headlines, and Daily Forecasts.

Follow us on Twitter

Like us on Facebook

Posted on

Culture ministry lines up events for July

Qatar Social and Cultural Centre for Blind

The Ministry of Culture will organise various events throughout July in its affiliated centres, including the Music Affairs Centre, the Qatar Social and Cultural Centre for Blind, and the Qatari Forum for Authors.
The Qatari Forum for Authors will present cultural activities, including a book council during the Eid al-Adha holidays, until July 17.
The Music Affairs Centre will present the “Music is the language of peoples from the land of rice” event.
The activities of the Qatar Social and Cultural Centre for Blind will continue throughout July. It is The centre is holding a workshop for the blind entitled “Alexa personal assistant in Arabic and how to use and obtain it.”
Also, the centreis organising a cultural competition for its members, activities targeting its affiliates, and a cultural lecture on human and self-development for blind people.

Last updated: July 10 2022 11:51 PM

Posted on

SmileCon events celebrate dental profession Houston culture

Everything is bigger in Texas, and SmileCon 2022 in Houston will be no exception.

From Opening and Closing Sessions that recognize dentists’ accomplishments and explore the future of dentistry to a street festival highlighting the culture of Houston, SmileCon will energize dentists as they gather to meet, play, learn and smile.

“SmileCon is a celebration of you, our member dentists, and all the ways you make your mark on dentistry. We hope you’ll walk out of every event with your head held high, proud to be part of a dynamic profession,” said American Dental Association Executive Director Raymond A. Cohlmia, D.D.S. “We invite you to get inspired and enjoy all the ‘wow’ moments SmileCon has to offer. We’re going big, so don’t stay home.”

SmileCon is the ADA’s joint meeting with the 2022 Texas Dental Association Meeting and the 2023 Greater Houston Dental Society’s Star of the South Dental Meeting. It will take place Oct. 13-15 at the George R. Brown Convention Center.

Brené Brown, Ph.D., researcher and author of six No. 1 New York Times bestsellers, will kick off SmileCon during the Opening Session on Oct. 13. Dr. Brown has spent the past two decades studying courage, vulnerability, shame and empathy, and some of her bestsellers include “Atlas of the Heart” and “Dare to Lead.” Her TED Talk on the “Power of Vulnerability” is one of the top five most-viewed TED Talks in the world, with more than 50 million views.

During the Opening and Closing Sessions, attendees will explore ideas to fuel the future of the dental profession and hear real-life stories from their fellow dental professionals who work every day to uplift their communities.

They will celebrate the contributions of the 10 Under 10 Award winners during the Opening Session. The Closing Session on Oct. 15 will honor Distinguished Service Award winner Zack Studstill, D.M.D., current Alabama Dental Association executive director and past ADA trustee and second vice president, and Humanitarian Award winner Jeffrey B. Dalin, D.D.S., co-founder of the St. Louis Give Kids A Smile program.

ADA President Cesar R. Sabates, D.D.S., and Dr. Cohlmia will reflect on the past year during the Opening Session, while President-Elect George R. Shepley, D.D.S., will look to the year ahead during the Closing Session.

Both sessions are included with all three meeting passes: Platinum Smile Pass, Smile Pass and Dental Central Pass.

SmileCon Street Fest, taking place Oct. 14 along Avenida de las Americas outside the convention center, will be a night full of food, music and art.

Attendees can sample free bites of all the savory and sweet flavors of Houston, check out the city’s best brews, and explore food truck offerings available for purchase. The Houston music and art scenes will be on full display, with performances by Tejano and country bands, as well as live paintings, interactive art installations and Instagram-worthy photo ops.

The party will also offer some uniquely Texan experiences, from learning how to lasso a steer to creating a leather bracelet or luggage tag at a leather-stamping station, and new dentists will have a special VIP area all their own.

Street Fest admission is included with the Platinum Smile Pass and Smile Pass and costs $50 for Dental Central Pass holders. Tickets include food samples and two drinks.

Dentists can take their SmileCon continuing education to the next level by connecting, huddling and talking with speakers at C.H.A.T. events. During these events, participants can grab a cup of coffee or a glass of wine and get exclusive face time with one of the dental profession’s most respected educators to ask their questions or receive advice in a relaxed environment.

Many alumni and affiliate groups will be gathering at SmileCon, offering attendees a chance to strike up conversations, foster relationships and build meaningful connections. Former dental school classmates can rekindle their school spirit and reminisce during alumni receptions. Affiliate dental groups, including the American Association of Endodontists, American Association of Orthodontists, American Academy of Periodontology and more, will also host gatherings where members can connect with their friends and colleagues.

To learn more about SmileCon and to register, visit

Posted on

Parksville council considers funding for BC Culture Days events – Parksville Qualicum Beach News

Parksville council considers funding for BC Culture Days events - Parksville Qualicum Beach News

Parksville council will take some time to review a sponsorship request by the Oceanside Community Arts Council (OCAC) to support area BC Culture Days activities this fall.

OCAC proposed five events, including a Ukrainian cultural festival, an art banner treasure hunt, a collaborative art exhibition, the Bedazzled Bra Breast Cancer Awareness Project and a film festival. BC Culture Days runs Sept. 23 to Oct. 16.

Hosting five events would designate Parksville as a hub and make it eligible for additional marketing, publicity and media coverage provided by Culture Days National, according to a presentation by Jennifer Bate, McMillan Arts Centre (MAC) executive director.

Bate said the event planners hope the Island Shorts film festival will engage local young filmmakers.

“This is a festival that will be of interest to young people that create TikTok short videos,” she said, during council’s June 20 regular meeting. “We’ve got two amazing judges.”

The plan is to award the top three films, as well as the ‘People’s Choice’. The winners will be announced on Oct. 17 and screened at the MAC, according to Bate. The festival’s theme is to be determined.

Council voted to defer the item to its next regular meeting on July 4, to allow members more time to consider the proposal.

The budget for all five events, including administrative and advertising costs, is $25,940, according to Bate’s presentation. Bate added the budget items were divided so that if OCAC does not receive the full requested amount, it could cancel one of the events, if necessary.

A motion by Coun. Marilyn Wilson to support the project with council contingency funds was defeated.

“I think the community really does need some more arts and culture,” Wilson said. “I think we’ve been locked away so long and this is a really interesting, healthy project that I think will stimulate a lot of minds and bring a lot of people to Parksville.”

Coun. Teresa Patterson asked if grant funding was available.

The city’s chief administrative officer, Keeva Kehler, said the COVID Relief Grant-In-Aid Program funding has been used up, but there is an option to use the council contingency fund of $25,000 a year. Kehler added very little, if any, of that fund has been used so far this year.

Coun. Adam Fras said the event plans look good, but he would rather defer the item to the next meeting to allow more time for consideration.

Fras’s motion passed with Wilson and Patterson opposed.

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Arts and cultureCity CouncilParksville

Posted on

Toxic Drug Alert Issued for Terrace After Increase of Overdose Events

Toxic Drug Alert Issued for Terrace After Increase of Overdose Events

Northern Health has issued a toxic drug alert, covering the Terrace area, after an increase in overdose events in the community.

Being sold as down, in both powder and pebble form, the purple substance contains highly toxic levels of both fentanyl and benzodiazepines.

Users are urged not to use alone or mix with alcohol, know your tolerance, start low and go slow, and to make use of overdose prevention sites.

Terrace’s local overdose prevention site is operated by the Intensive Case Management Team, at 4450 Grieg Avenue, and is open from noon to 4:00 Monday to Friday, except holidays.

Posted on

‘Appropriating culture and traditions’: Planned event not supported by local Indigenous groups – Kingston News

'Appropriating culture and traditions': Planned event not supported by local Indigenous groups – Kingston News

Local Indigenous groups have distanced themselves from a planned far-right gathering in the Kingston area, stating that the event amounts to appropriation of Indigenous culture, and that they are not affiliated with the event, nor do they support it.

“The actions that are taking place on our Territory (Kingston, ON) is unacceptable. For those who are participating in these actions, the Indigenous Community does not support the setup of a sacred fire in Kingston in support of the ‘Freedom Convoy’. The Indigenous Community did not give consent for these ceremonial practices and [they] could cause more harm to who we are as First Nations/Algonquin people,” said the Katarokwi Grandmothers Council, Tipi Moza, Kingston Indigenous Language Nest, and other additional Indigenous organizations in a joint press release.

“First Nations and Non-Indigenous people should always remember protocol and that permission from us [is] needed to proceed,” the letter continued. “This letter is to serve notice that the Kingston Indigenous Community does not support or endorse these actions. If these actions continue, we have no other choice but to support the Kingston Police in their efforts and actions to stop this at once. Once again, we do not support the freedom convoy or any other movement that compromises the safety of our community members.”

Mutual Aid Katarokwi also issued a statement regarding the unsupported event. “June 21st will be celebrated by many as National Indigenous Peoples Day. Meanwhile, past participants of the far-right convoy attacks are on the road again, this time travelling to the ‘greater Kingston area’ to unite at a ‘Sacred Fire Festival’,” the group said.

While organizers of the planned event alleged that they had strong ties to Indigenous communities, when Indigenous groups pressed them on specifics about these ties, they received no response.

“For those who don’t know, Sacred Fires are a revered cultural Ceremonial Practice in many Indigenous communities that have specific Protocols,” the statement continued. “Local Indigenous people with culturally grounded Knowledge stewarding this Tradition have questioned ‘freedom’ advocates on the specifics of which Indigenous community was organising the event and had invited them. Far-right organisers replied ‘I am First Nations’. Further inquiries resulted in a ban and the deletion of all evidence of these questions,” Mutual Aid Katarokwi said. “While the ‘Sacred Fire’ event’s website vaguely references Indigenous Traditions and Beliefs, it does not detail which Indigenous groups have organised the event.”

Mutual Aid Katarokwi said that local Indigenous peoples, and those monitoring the tactics of the far-right, are concerned that “this event may be appropriating Indigenous customs and de-centering Indigenous peoples from stewardship of their own Sacred Protocols, to the benefit of the far-right and the profits of event promoters. These concerns could be addressed and discussed if contact could be made with the community starting and tending the fire. But again, this has been denied.”

Kingston Police have said that they are aware of an organized group descending on the City of Kingston either today or tomorrow for an “event”. “This event has been organized by members directly and indirectly involved in previous protests held in Ottawa earlier this year and involves an undisclosed number of individuals travelling from as far as British Columbia and Alberta to participate,” Kingston Police said in a statement.

“Police have become aware that event organizers are reportedly travelling to the Kingston area to participate in a gathering to celebrate the Summer Solstice with a ceremonial sacred fire in recognition of noted Indigenous significance, on what will be National Indigenous Peoples Day. The Summer Solstice, which is held on June 21st, is the longest day of the year and throughout history and across continents, has been a time for Indigenous cultural celebration,” police said in the statement. “However, after reaching out to Kingston’s Indigenous community members, police have ascertained that they have no awareness of this planned event nor did they invite this group of individuals to attend their own planned ceremonies,” Kingston Police continued.

“As a result of learning this information, Kingston’s Indigenous community, out of an abundance of caution, did not follow through with weekend ceremonies leading up to June 21st, and expressed some concern for how this group will affect their planned celebrations for National Indigenous Peoples Day. Police have assured the local Indigenous community that all measures will be taken to ensure that local celebrations are not disrupted,” Kingston Police said.

Kingston Police also said that they wish to assure the community that they “are working with external policing partners and local resources will be in place to respond to this organized event and will address all safety issues that may arise as a result.”