City jumps on the culture band wagon – offers clowns and balloons and art as well.

By Staff

BURLINGTON, ON  September 19, 2012  The country is on a bit of a culture kick and for the last week of this month – September – there will be about as much culture as an average family can absorb.  The focus is from September  28 to 30; the objective to raise awareness of art and culture.

Mayor Rick Goldring described the events as a “citywide celebration, and is one of the many celebrations happening across Canada. I encourage everyone to come out and see the amazing works of Burlington’s artists, musicians, writers, actors and craftspeople.”

All of the cultural institutions will be in on the events: Performing Arts Centre, Burlington Arts Centre, the Public Library, Royal Botanical Gardens, Ireland House.  The only place not on the list is the Joseph Brant Museum.

The Teen Tour Band won’t be in the Family room at the Performing Arts Centre but there will be kids running all over the place. Some will get to tickle the keys on the Grand Piano in the Main Theatre.

Families can enjoy free entertainment—including clowns, street performers, slam poetry recitals, stories and more—at The Burlington Performing Arts Centre on Sunday, Sept. 30 from 1 to 4 p.m.

Events will take place inside and outside The Centre, which is located on Locust Street, just north of Lakeshore Road. Parking at the Locust Street lot is free on Sundays.

Free community arts events are also taking place in other parts of Burlington, including:

Friday, Sept. 28, 2012

ZimSculpt: Royal Botanical Gardens – 9 a.m. to dusk

Saturday, Sept. 29, 2012

Human Library: Burlington Public Library, Central Branch- 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Loads of things to so at the Burlington Art Centre during the Cultural weekend.

Tottering Biped: Burlington Art Centre – Afternoon

Sunday, Sept. 30, 2012

Applefest Fall Fair: Ireland House – 10  a.m. to 4 p.m.

The Burlington Performing Arts Centre  – Music of Elton John, Frankie Valli and Whitney Houston. Buskers, clowns and more:  1-4 p.m.

Earlier in that week the people developing a Cultural Action Plan proposal for the city will be meeting in different parts of the city to hear what the public has to say about the ideas and data that have been gathered so far.

The same organization is overseeing the development of some public art that will be placed outside the Performing Arts centre.  Our Burlington’s columnist Margaret Lindsay Holton commented on the process being used to select what will be put up.  She took exception to the process that she felt eliminated local artists and felt that at least one local artist should have been included in the final three.   Holton will have more to say on this.

Culture Days will be celebrated in hundreds of cities and towns from coast to coast, with thousands of free activities from a wide range of disciplines.


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