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Culture Days in Calgary - 2016 Block Party

Join us at Olympic Plaza for the Culture Days Block Party on Friday September 30 from 11am to 2pm!

Culture Days
The 2016 Culture Days Block Party will take over Olympic Plaza from 11am to 2pm on Friday, September 30! Make a special trip downtown or take an extra long lunch and experience The City of Calgary’s official kick-off to a three-day celebration of our city’s vibrant art and cultural life.
You will enjoy everything from cultural music and dance performances, glass blowing, print art and speed painting demonstrations, to circus skills instruction, Capoeira and even Baby-Boomer Karaoke. In addition to the space being alive with art, song and interactive cultural activities, you’ll discover what organizations in Calgary have to offer including Calgary Arts Development, the Glenbow Museum, Calgary Philharmonic, Theatre Calgary and the National Music Centre. 
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You will enjoy performances from Calgary’s Poet Laureate, Micheline Maylor and Montreal born, Diane Lindsay who sings in English, French, Cantonese and Mandarin.

There will be stilt walkers, living statues, and local Calgary musical busking favourites such as Mikhaella Ico and Brave Gnome.
September 30th marks day 93 in the Canada 150 countdown to 2017, which will be the 150th anniversary of Canada as a nation. What does Canadian culture mean to you? We’ll be asking Calgarians to answer that question in one or two words and then get their photo taken at our official Canada 150 photo booths. Share your photo using #Canada150 and #CultureDays and watch for your image to come up throughout 2017 promoting our city’s sesquicentennial celebrations.
This three hour event kicks off Culture Days in Calgary which runs the entire weekend. It’s going to be a great party, Calgary!
drum dancers
Running September 30, October 1 and 2, 2016, Culture Days is an annual pan-Canadian movement to raise the awareness, accessibility, participation and engagement of all Canadians in the arts and cultural life of their communities. Visit for more information on the many events taking place around the country, or to register a Culture Days event of your own.
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