Culture Days 2017 Call for Participation

What is Culture Days?

Virtually any activity is possible during Culture Days as long as it is free and brings creators and the public closer together: visitors to a theatre are invited to attend a dress rehearsal, a professional songwriter records a song with a class of students, a glassblower shares the glow of their studio, a museum opens its restoration workshop to the public, a walking tour encourages neighbours to look at their architecture in a whole new light … the possibilities are endless! You can view 2016 Activities on this page.

There is no fee to register. If you have a free participatory or interactive arts or cultural activity to offer the public during the Culture Days weekend—be it new or something you already have planned — email Arts Milton with your idea! We will require the details of you and your activity, including names, contact info, description and a representative photo. We will then register your activity with Culturedays.ca where it will benefit from a major national marketing and communications campaign, including access to free customizable Culture Days materials to help promote your activity.

For best results and to increase the chances of attracting attendance to your activity, consider working collaboratively with other Activity Organizers at our hub location.

Activity Guidelines

Your activity must be free to the public

All activities registered as part of Culture Days are to be offered as free activities. All Organizers volunteer their time, staff and materials.

The activity should take  place during the Culture Days weekend: September 29-October 1, 2017

Activities registered as part of Culture Days take place during this year’s Culture Days weekend, but you do not need to have three days of activities or activities that last all day. Milton benefits well from a number of single one-hour participatory events on Sept 30 or Oct 1. If your organization already offers arts learning or outreach activities, simply schedule one of your regular events during Culture Days.

The activity needs to be participatory

All Culture Days activities are participatory in nature. This means that your activity involves some kind of hands-on aspect or offers the public “backstage”/behind-the-scenes access to see how you do, and what you do. Invite the public to go beyond a typical audience experience and instead play a part in the creative process. For instance, if you are in a choir, rather than stage a performance, you might offer a workshop on how to sing or harmonize; if you own or operate a dance studio, you might offer a dance class.

Engagement and participation is key regardless of the activity. Don’t forget that fun counts too! Most people love to do what they normally don’t have a chance to experience.

Culture Days is Craftastic!

In addition to the 18 other arts and crafts activities at Milton Culture Days there will be sewing needles aplenty throughout the weekend. These activities below are sure to be sew awesome!

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Hand sew Felt Animals with master Milton seamstress Maria Amaya on Sat, Oct 1 at 11:30-1:30 PM.

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Learn how to use a sewing machine with Yours Truly Althea and create your own Beanie Bug on Sat, Oct 1 from 1:30-3:30 PM.

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Try your hand at classic bead Embroidery with Shaima Hasan on Sun, Oct 2 from 10:00-11:30 AM.

Culture Days: Milton Centre for the Arts + Chess

One of the biggest components of Milton Culture Days is the location. All activities are held in a one hub location – the Milton Centre for the Arts! Arts Milton is thrilled to have so many beautiful rooms and spaces to lay out this busy event, including the main thoroughfare of the Cogeco Escarpment Hall and the Fieldgate Atrium.

Other activities will take place in the MinMaxx Hall, Delridge Room, and Bateman and Tim Horton’s Studios.

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But the MCA fun doesn’t stop there! Visitors can also take advantage of a free chess lesson with Candidate Chess Master Hal Bond and Milton Centre for the Arts Manager of Cultural Services Rob Mackay. If you win a game against Rob, you’ll have the chance to win free tickets to Ian Thomas at the MCA on November 25, 2016!

We look forward to meeting Miltonians at this location on Oct 1 and 2 – a space which is integral to our community in so many ways.

Culture Days – Claudia Lopez Zumba®

Zumba instructor Claudia Lopez is pumped to meet you! Join her on Saturday, October 1 at 2:45 pm in the MinMaxx Hall during Milton Culture Days for a free Zumba® class!

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Claudia says: “In Zumba I found the best way to help humanity – guiding people to gain a better physical condition through the art of Zumba. The most rewarding part of teaching Zumba is seeing how people improve their physical and mental health while having fun. Their smiles and energy make my job more satisfying.”

Culture Days – Acoustic Blend Cafe

Milton Culture Days is excited to host Acoustic Blend Cafe. On Sunday Oct 2, from 2-3 pm, teachers and top students will present an acoustic performance on both guitar and piano. Add it to your schedule and learn more about them below!

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Acoustic Blend Cafe began as a concert series held once a month in the Hamilton-based Melrose Untied Church. After seven years in Hamilton, the Cafe is starting a second location of concerts as a in Milton at the Milton Baptist Church, 900 Nipissing Rd.

Their ultimate goal is to be a unique destination of licensed café, music clubs, and performance space – providing a community-based home away from home for those who enjoy the arts, fine coffee, wine and beer.

Culture Days – Academy of Music

The Milton Academy of Music (since 1982!!) invites you to join us for Culture Days at the Milton Centre for the Arts.

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This family run business includes lessons in guitar, drums, vocal, ukulele, bass, and accordion. At Milton Culture Days 2016, Academy teachers will entertain audiences with a set of popular music and children will be invited to participate in a song by singing or playing various instruments like bucket drums and ukuleles!

Find them in the Culture Cafe at the MCA on Saturday, Oct 1, 2:30-3:30 PM

Culture Days – Rick Imus Music Studio

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The Arts Milton team is pleased to welcome back the Rick Imus Music Studio to Culture Days!

Channel your inner rock star by singing, strumming, or drumming along with our house band as Rick Imus Music Studio and Friends returns to host Rock Band Open Stage.

October 2, 2016
3:30-4:30 PM
MinMaxx Hall at the Milton Centre for the Arts

Rick Imus Music Studio helps students reach their musical goals through progressive private lessons and dynamic programs. They offer one-to-one drum lessons, guitar lessons, vocal lessons, violin lessons, and piano lessons in an upscale and professional environment. Students will progress through weekly lessons, performance opportunities, examinations, and festivals. Technology is used to make efficient and dynamic use of lesson time. Their award-winning ensemble program augments students’ private lessons.

Culture Days – Stagecoach Theatre Arts Milton

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Stagecoach Theatre Arts Milton is joining us for Culture Days on Sunday October 2 at the Milton Centre for the Arts. Find them in the Delridge Room upstairs from 1:00-2:00 pm. During this time, children will be engaged in a series of drama games and will compose a short performance.
Stagecoach Musical Theatre Arts school is for everyone. It is for budding artists, and for kids who want to stretch their imaginations, build their confidence, make friends and have fun. They provide 3 hours of singing, dancing and acting classes on Saturdays, for kids aged 7 to 18. They also offer a shorter program, a 1.5 hour class for children aged 4-6.

Stagecoach aims to nurture and develop young potential through singing, dancing and acting classes, culminating in a performance at the end of the term!

Culture Days – Hatheli Henna

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For Culture Days 2016, we will be joined by Shaima Hasan of Hatheli Henna, a professional Henna artist based in Milton.

Henna speaks all languages. Its roots are centuries old, and its practices, symbolism and traditions have been passed down through the ages. Mehndi is the Hindi word describing the process of painting patterns on the body with 100% natural henna paste and the resulting stains left on the skin last for over a week.

Mehndi is celebratory and often used for the beautification of one’s body. Any celebration or party may include mehndi. Often, it is the reason for a gathering.

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Shaima has  been practicing the intricate art of Mehndi for over 12 years, and will be offering free designs to Culture Days visitors!

Culture Days – Milton Show Choir

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Culture Days is filled to the brim with amazing free activities this year! Theatre lovers in particular should get excited because we have schools and performers coming your way including Stagecoach Theatre School, BRIGHTSIDE Players, Milton Players, Milton Youth Theatre Productions, and Milton Show Choir!

Imagine a choir that sings, dances, and acts! Does that spark your interest? Well that’s what show choir is all about! Milton Show Choir is looking for students in grades two through four to come celebrate the launch of their new kids program Spark at Culture Days 2016! Learn a new song plus choreography, and present it for friends and family. Each participant will also receive a video of their presentation the next day via email. It’s going to be SPARK-tacular!

MinMaxx Hall, Milton Centre for the Arts, 1:30-3 pm on Sunday, October 2, 2016

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