Arts and Culture Activities
Every year, in the last weekend of September, the City of Saskatoon facilitates opportunities to take part in Culture Days. Culture Days is a national event that is free to participants and involves hands-on experiences that provide the public “backstage” or “behind-the-scenes” access to share in how art is made.
It is an invitation to the public to connect, engage and co-create in an innovative way in the arts. There are many opportunities for engagement and participation. Local businesses and emerging artists are encouraged to host and collaborate with artistic troupes in diverse cultural practices.
Culture Days activities include:
- behind-the-scenes events where the public can see inside artistic spaces and get a peek at creativity;
- excursions: tours of public art and historic sites;
- discussion: meet the artist events, panels, round-tables and other cultural conversations to learn and dialogue about art practices; and
- collective creation: contribute to a collaborative art intervention or co-creation of a special art project in your community
2016 I Am The Bridge
I Am The Bridge is produced by the City of Saskatoon in partnership with PAVED Arts. The video call was open to all Saskatoon- based video, film and media artists to produce short video or film works to be screened as a part the 2016 Culture Days festivities: Saturday, October 1st at 8pm. Selected works were projected onto the west facing pier of the Senator Sid Buckwold (Idylwyld) Bridge, visible from the west side of the South Saskatchewan River.
This year themes for I Am The Bridge were: Food, anti-racism and newcomers. We encouraged applicants to consider how, for example, food may be a “bridge” to stop racism, or to develop a video short that in a general, literal or abstract way touches on any of the expressed themes. Watch the videos from the 2016 I Am The Bridge now!
Creating Community: A Brief History of Arts and Culture in Saskatoon
Researched and written by Saskatoon writer Regine Haensel in 2011, this booklet traces the development of arts and heritage in Saskatoon. A cultural timeline of milestone events is also included. Printed copies are available by calling 306-975-3378.