By the end of September, we will probably all need an escape from work or school as summer officially loses its cool. So prepare to lose yourself on a weekend are binge; Culture Days happens Sept. 26 to 28.
In Manitoba, this will be the fifth anniversary of Culture Days – a budding festival that first got going in Quebec, as French-Canadians began staying up all night to get artsy in 2007. Now a national sensation, Culture Days has registered more events in Winnipeg over the last two years than in any other city across the country.
The events run the gamut from exhibit openings to rooftop concerts, theme parties and late-night shows. For a full list of registered events in Manitoba, visit culturedays.ca. In no particular order, here are three to see a Culture Days this year.
1. Intro to Mosaics at the Exchange Community Church
Doug Wiebe is one talented craftsman who also works as the pastor at the Exchange Community Church. During Culture Days, he opens his doors to show how he crafts intricate mosaic sculptures and invites guests to make their own works of art. Made of broken dishes, tiles, mirrors and whatever other ceramic material he may find lying around, Wiebe’s sculptures are beautifully broken- down mosaics, many of them crafted on mannequins. While breaking dishes might be fun (when it’s done on purpose), it’s also extremely difficult to do with precision, as first-time mosaic-makers will attest after Wiebe’s workshop.
2. The Midnight Choir at The Cube
If you’re musically inclined (or not), the Midnight Choir wants you to join them in song. At The Cube in Old Market Square on Sept. 27, the choir will perform a couple of numbers, which were still being decided upon as of press time. Past sing-alongs have included “Rasputin” by Boney M. and “Heart of Gold” by Neil Young. You can preview the Culture Days tracks on the Midnight Choir’s Facebook page before the event (and maybe learn them before, too, if you feel so inclined). Lyric sheets will be provided at The Cube, thankfully.
3. Nuit Blanche at the Winnipeg Art Gallery
While the WAG’s all-night party on Sept. 27 is arguably the attention hog of Culture Days events, it really can’t be missed. Especially not this year as the WAG unveils two new exhibits on the 27th: Dali: Up Close, showcasing surrealist Salvador Dali’s finest works; and Masterworks from the Beaverbrook Art Gallery—a series of paintings from the Canadian artists, Group of Seven. Paired with DJs, dancing and interactive craft stations, you can’t go wrong with a pitstop at Nuit Blanche at any time of night.
– Jessica Botelho-Urbanski is the arts editor of OutWords and a journalism student at Red River College.