Weyburn’s Culture Days to be all online for the next 30 days

There’s even more Culture Days for Saskatchewan to love in 2020, as Canada’s favourite fall celebration of arts and culture is set to deliver a month-long immersive and engaging arts and culture experience – indoors, outdoors and online - beginning September 25 and running until October 25.

In Weyburn, check out this link: https://weyburn.ca/culture-days-2020/ and enjoy the many arts, cultural and heritage activities brought to you by the City’s partners, including Sask. Culture, Weyburn Arts Council, Weyburn Pottery Club, Weyburn Crocus Quilters Guild, South East Newcomer Services, Metis Nation Sask. Local 87, Open Air Market, Weyburn Wood Carvers and the Weyburn Public Library.

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The Culture Days site for Weyburn features around 30 videos or powerpoint presentations related to the arts and culture.

Among the examples of the available videos, there will be a time-lapse video from the Weyburn Arts Council showing the unveiling and installation of a collaborative mural, featuring a photograph by John Woodward, and of origami lily making.

A video on behalf of the Weyburn Pottery Club will show instructions on pottery-making, demonstrate by Darlene Martin.

She will demonstrate using a wheel to throw a bowl, a clay jar with a lid, a mug and a plate, and hand-building a mug and pop-up plates.

The Crocus Quilters Guild will have a powerpoint online to demonstrate quilt-making as well as a virtual show of quilts by guild members.

A video will be shown from the Weyburn Open Air Market showing artists and markets, and the City of Weyburn will show a virtual self-guided tour of the Soo Line Historical Museum and the Turner Curling Museum.

The Southeast Newcomer Services will feature cultural videos, including the Champa Apsara Vietnamese dance, Pysanka Ukrainian egg-making, sewing a tote bag, drawing superheroes, a Metis display and stories, beadwork, henna tattoos and a pastry demo.

The Weyburn Wood Carvers will show wood-carving videos and photos with general wood-carving information, tools and equipment, and projects like a whimsical horse, musical frogs, comfort birds and a carved hand as examples.

The annual, nation-wide celebration of arts and culture offers people of all ages and walks of life the opportunity to try out arts and culture activities for free. Experiences are normally hands-on and interactive, and designed to entice more people to get involved in local arts and culture. This year, a new virtual option has been added to ensure the health and safety of organizers, volunteers and the public.

“COVID-19 created many challenges for the cultural community this year but it also opened the door to some creative opportunities,” said Dean Kush, CEO, SaskCulture. “Lots of discussion and brainstorming among national and provincial Culture Days partners resulted in a new way to highlight the cultural experiences found here in the province, as well as throughout the country.”

In addition to virtual programming, some small, in-person activities are also taking place where allowed by public health guidelines, and with COVID-19 prevention measures in place.

“SaskCulture offered sponsorships for community organizers to work together in hubs to offer safe, virtual programming,” Kush adds. “The response was very positive, despite the uncertainty, and the creativity of our cultural sector is really shining through with the variety of different experiences they are offering.”

Culture Days Hub communities include Weyburn, Gravelbourg, Prince Albert, Lloydminster, Regina, Saskatoon, Manitou Beach, Yorkton and Warman. Visit www.culturedays.ca for the full lineup of activities – in Saskatchewan and across the country - to choose from.