The 9th annual Culture Days weekend is September 28, 29 and October 30, 2018 and will feature thousands of free, hands-on, interactive arts and cultural activities.
Culture Days is a collaborative pan-Canadian volunteer movement to raise awareness, accessibility, participation and engagement of all Canadians in the arts and cultural life of their communities.
Nuit Blanche Winnipeg (NBW) is a free all-night exploration and celebration of contemporary art that takes place on the Saturday of the Culture Days weekend from dusk to dawn. Held annually since 2010, the events and exhibits attract thousands of people to the three zones of activity: St. Boniface, Downtown and the Exchange District. NBW 2018 will take place on Saturday, September 29.
Perks (Stay tuned for everything you will receive!)
As a volunteer, you will receive a t-shirt and a secret pack of goodies from local businesses, show support to our arts and culture scene, meet new friends with the same interests, and become part of the biggest contemporary arts and culture celebration in Manitoba.
Information Ambassadors will be our official festival liaisons and the first point of contact between attendees and the festivities. You are the go-to source about everything Culture Days and/or Nuit Blanche and provide program guides and maps to any who needs a bit of a hand.
Art Supervisors help navigate attendees around the art, encourage participation (and smiles) at each installation and keep the art installation safe throughout Nuit Blanche.
Venue and Artist Assistance team up with organizations, venues and artists and provide assitance with whatever the venues need during Culture Days and/or Nuit Blanche. Consider yourself the Jack-or-Jill-of-all-trades for this role.
Set Up/ Tear Down help artists, organizations or venues prior or post Culture Days and/or Nuit Blanche. If you like the behind-the-scenes fun and can lift up to 50lbs, you're the person for the job.
Green Team help us maintain the beauty of The Exchange, Downtown Winnipeg and St. Boniface prior, during and post Culture Days and/ or Nuit Blanche.
Event Safety works with a partner or group to provide an extra set of eyes and ears in our core areas! This means reuniting children with parents, providing safeways if requested and navigating attendees in the direction of the art action. (You do NOT get involved in dangerous/unsafe situations, you would communicate any incident or problems to security, patrol or 911.)
Volunteer Registration keeps the show going by signing volunteers in and out of shifts and providing information or guidence to attendees who might stop and wonder if you're an art installation.
Runners/ Volunteer Captains jump from venue to venue making sure volunteers and venues have what they need, make sure everyone is having a great time and on occasion distribute programs and materials. It's great to be mobile and have access to a bike, vehicle or skateboard during this time.
Admin/ Office Helpers help our Culture Days Manitoba and Nuit Blanche Winnipeg team in the office. Duties range from packing and mailing program guides, dropping off program guides and posters to surrounding businesses, putting together packages and laminating lanyards and more.
(Volunteer duties available September 1 - September 29, some duties may transportation (bike or vehicle.)
Culture Days Manitoba and Nuit Blanche Winnipeg offer participants the chance to help coordinate various art and cultural events taking place across the province over the last weekend in September.
A few of the Winnipeg locations in need of volunteers are as follows:
Student Day at The Forks (Friday, September 28)
Volunteers at Student Day will be required to facilitate the Culture Days information booth, check-in school groups as they arrive at the venue, help set up groups for their performances, as well as support the coordination of various cultural workshops.
Storytelling Day at The Forks (Friday, September 28)
Volunteers at Storytelling Day will help storytellers set up their activity, check-in school groups as they arrive at the venue and coordinate with event organizers.
Nuit Blanche Winnipeg (Saturday, September 29)
Various Nuit Blanche Winnipeg venues, artists and organizations will require volunteers to carry out their events. More info at nuitblanchewinnipeg.ca.
As a Volunteer Photographer for Culture Days Manitoba and Nuit Blanche Winnipeg, you help us capture the moments and experiences of our artists, organizers, volunteers and attendees.
Your photos may be highlighted on our website, social media and printed materials – with photo credits of course! It is a wonderful opportunity to grow your portfolio and have your photos seen at a national level.
Our Volunteer Applications will be reviewed and volunteers will be notified by the end of August.
If your availability should change, or you have additional questions please email Joy at mb[at]culturedays[dot]ca.