The Regional Municipality of Durham


News Release

Durham Tourism invites the local creative community to register events for Culture Days 2014

WHITBY, ON June 10, 2014 – Durham Tourism is inviting area municipalities, event producers, and arts and heritage organizations to celebrate arts and culture in Durham Region during Culture Days weekend, which runs from Sept. 26 to 28.

Now in its fifth year, Culture Days invites everyone to explore, discover and participate in arts and culture events in every community across the country. In 2013, the annual Culture Days weekend took place in more than 800 Canadian cities and towns, with attendance topping more than 1.7 million individuals. Approximately 7,500 activities were presented across the country, representing an astounding 70 per cent increase over the event's first-year participation levels in 2010.

"We are encouraging all artists and venues to participate in this grassroots event to celebrate Durham Region's culture and heritage," said Kerri King, Tourism Manager for Durham Region. "Last year, more than 60 activities happened here in Durham Region as part of Culture Days. This year, we hope that even more artists and venues join the celebration."

Culture Days events are free, hands-on, interactive activities that invite the public to participate "behind the scenes" and discover the world of artists, creators, historians, architects, curators and designers at work in their communities. Last year, events in Durham Region included studio tours and open houses, art exhibitions, heritage tours, concerts, performances, dance workshops, craft sessions, storytelling, martial arts and more.

Durham Tourism is requesting that all interested participants register Culture Days events online, as soon as possible, to have their event listed on both the Durham Tourism and Culture Days websites. By registering an event on www.durhamtourism.ca and www.culturedays.ca, organizers will be part of both local and national marketing campaigns, where events will be promoted in the media and online.

For more information, contact Durham Tourism toll-free at 1-800-413-0017 or tourism@durham.ca.

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