Get ‘OnBeat’ with Culture Days!
After the success of Burlington Culture Days in 2017, local creative organizations, venues, professionals and businesses are again invited to host events during the ninth annual Culture Days weekend from Sept. 28 to 30, 2018.
This national initiative aims to raise awareness, provide accessibility and encourage participation and engagement in the arts and cultural life of Burlington. The City of Burlington is calling for artists and arts and cultural organizations of all types to participate in Culture Days and offer free, interactive events and activities during these days. If you would like to host a Culture Days event, register your event with Culture Days.
This year’s theme is OnBeat. Across the country, communities, organizations, and individuals are invited to participate in OnBeat by organizing drumming and/or rhythm-inspired events during Culture Days. OnBeat programming does not have to be limited to drumming. Rhythm can make its way into many different art forms and cultural practices including dance, visual arts, theatre, digital arts and storytelling.
Celebrating our Cultural and Indigenous Roots
Time: 9 to 4 p.m.
Location: Tourism Burlington – Visitor Information Centre (414 Locust Street).
Description: Stop by the visitor information centre and learn about the rich indigenous culture and history of the Burlington area. Take a self-guided “ON BEAT” scavenger hunt in downtown Burlington. Children or the young at heart can make their own rain stick and sample complementary refreshments.
Celebrating Rhythm and Beat – Culture Days Kick-Off
Time: 6:30 to 9 p.m.
Location: Art Gallery of Burlington (1333 Lakeshore Road).
Description: Kick off the Culture Days weekend in Burlington with the Arts and Culture Council of Burlington (ACCOB) at the Art Gallery of Burlington. Featuring visual art, photography, dance, music, slam poetry, theatre and representatives from Burlington’s cultural mosaic. Experience live entertainment and exhibitions by local arts and cultural groups and explore the Art Gallery of Burlington! Event program to include:
Shoreline Room: Lion dancers from the Chinese community, Desiree Mcquabbie Indigenous drumming and dancing, Welsh Male Choir, Ukrainian bandurists and dancers, Kaleidoscope Chinese Performing Arts, Southern Ontario Lyric Opera, Burlington Footnotes, Steel pan group, Symphony on the Bay, and the Taiko drummers.
Fireside Lounge: Hayley Verrall – country vocal and guitar, KooGle Theatre – Leslie and Christopher Gray, Andy Griffiths-folk, Lowville Festival – music and theatre, 4×6 – Andrea Battista, violin, Philip Corke, guitar, Charles Cozens and Simone Caruso – voice and accordion, Stuart Laughton – voice and guitar, Burlington Slam Poets, Janet Cozens string quartet.
Fine Arts Studio: Art in Action and Vanessa Cress Lokos.
Children’s Activity Room: Cathy Disbrow- felt artist.