The Municipality of Kincardine has announced the date for the inaugural Culture on Queen event in Kincardine.
The celebration of local arts and culture is set to run on Sept. 25 from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. and will utilize the space currently used for the Queen Street Promenade, between Durham Market Street North to Lambton Street.
Culture Days was founded in 2010 by the Canadian Arts Summit, which is composed of some of Canada’s principal arts organizations. Held across the country, the national organizing committee works with provincial partners to coordinate thousands of free events, which are attended by millions of people.
The registered charity states its aims as:
To foster appreciation and support of the artistic and cultural life that is lived, created and expressed across the country in urban, suburban and rural areas alike.
To promote direct interaction between creators and the public, as a key to increasing understanding and appreciation of art and culture.
To affirm that every citizen is the guardian of the cultural life of his, her or their community. (source: www.culturedays.ca)
As in 2020, because of pandemic restrictions, Culture Days events have been spread out over a four-week period, beginning Sept. 24.
Amy Rogers is the cultural mapping and promotions coordinator for the Municipality and in conjunction with Kincardine Tourism and the Arts, Cultural and Heritage committee, has been organizing the event. She says the community has a rich roster of artists, including wood turners, quilters, painters, musicians and performers that can participate.
“By showcasing our arts and culture resources, we hope to bring awareness to the many talented artists in our community,” said Rogers. “We want to inspire residents to get involved in the arts through all the opportunities our local arts groups, associations and societies offer. So much of art and culture is about sharing and collaborating with others, which has been difficult to do the past couple of years that we wanted to safely bring everyone together to celebrate and appreciate the arts and culture in our community.”
Groups will set up along Queen Street, with space for about 20 exhibitors. Should interest surpass the space allotted for 20 exhibitors, the event will be extended into Victoria Park. Rogers says there will be a stage available near Banker’s Alley for those who wish to perform.
There is no charge for exhibitors to book space and there is no admission charge. Groups wishing to book space should do so by contacting Rogers at firstname.lastname@example.org or through the website at www.kincardine.ca/ACH.
Tammy Schneider, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Kincardine Independent