Culture Days returns to the Kootenays


Submitted by: 

Emma Borhi


Taking place September 29, 30 and October 1, the public is invited to discover the behind the scenes world of artists, creators, heritage experts, curators, designers and other creative people in Nelson. The public is invited to check out and search Nelson under the Activities tab to see what’s happening in our community. Everyone is invited to share what Kootenay Culture means to them by hosting an activity free to the public in their area of expertise. This could be something about hiking, biking, being outdoors or local food. Anything that represents the Kootenays to you! There is sure to be something for everyone!

A great way to acquire new patrons, clients or customers: In 2016, 70% of arts organizations reported that their past participation in Culture Days led to increased public interest in their work. By participating in Culture Days, individuals, organizations and businesses find a unique opportunity to share what they do with the public, expanding on their current audience or clientele.

An exciting opportunity for the public to better understand their community: Culture Days participants report a better understanding of how artists and arts organizations make a positive contribution to their communities. They also find they attend more arts and culture events throughout the entire year than they would have otherwise. This is a way for the public to explore and discover what goes on in their community.

Organizing an activity is easy: Activities can range from arts to heritage to local cultural recreation activities. They must be free to the public and offer some sort of interactive or behind the scenes experience. People who attend your activity should leave feeling they learned something.

These are the steps:

1. Create a cultural activity

2. Ensure it’s free to the public

3. Takes place during Culture Days weekend (September 29, 30, Oct. 1)

4. Encourages participation, engagement or dialogue

5. Register at under the Register an Activity tab

6. Promote your activity on social media and in newsletters using the hashtag: #findingawesome

Deadline to register is September 18, 2017 but register earlier so more people see your event on the Culture Days website!