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2017 Culture Days Activities for Schools

Culture Days Manitoba invites students, teachers and parents to create, participate and celebrate arts and culture in your communities. Kids and youth are welcome to participate in the celebration by performing or attending activities at the Forks, attending Storytelling Day and participate in their own schools on Friday, September 29, 2017. Click on the purple hyperlinks for more details!

Register Your School


Storytelling Day at The Forks 
Friday, September 29th
1pm to 2pm
North Field at The Forks National Historic Site
(between Festival Stage and the Red River)

Our storytelling theme for 2017:  "Everybody has the Right" 
Organized by ArtSpark Manitoba, Joe Halas, Jamie Oliviero and Chantelle Cotton.

Join us in assembling a 120-piece puzzle to discover the stories and to witness how we continue to be united by being ourselves within our community. We will share our images with the leadership of Jamie Oliviero, Joe Halas and Chantelle Cotton. There will be a keynote speaker and a storyteller presented in order to help us understand the meaning and movement behind Orange Shirt Day which falls on Friday, September 29, 2017. We invite this year's participants to wear orange shirts in solidarity with the campaign.

To register your school or to sign-up as an individual or family today for Storytelling Day, contact

Student Day at The Forks

Supported by


Join Culture Days' School Day at the Forks on Friday, September 29th for free musical and dance performances, interactive activities and collaborative mural making. To register your school or to sign-up as an individual or family today, contact mb[dot]events[at]culturedays[dot]ca.

Map of The Forks for School Drop-Off Location

Performances Under the Canopy

2017 Performances 

CBC’s Ismaila Alfa will host the stage until noon

time group
9:50am Culture Days Manitoba Kick-Off

AYO! Drum Group
Powerful beats by young artists, join the Aboriginal Youth Opportunities drum group to kick off Culture Days 2017!


Dasmesh School Punjabi Dance Showcase
Students of Dasmesh School will showcase exciting Punjabi dance. Join us to celebrate these students and learn about this unique program.


Jeremy Ploughman Jazz Quartet
Miles Davis to Wes Montgomery, standards done with precision and passion.


Bubba B the MC
Bubba B, a “Force to be reckoned with” is a unique and intricate artist who spends the majority of his life bringing beats, rhymes and positive change to the Canadian music scene.


Graffiti Art Programming: Studio 393 Mic Check Program
Winnipeg’s most dynamic young talent perform a mix of hip hop dance and music.


Sistema Winnipeg
Watch a performance by young people in the Sistema program which uses the power of music to teach inclusion, artistic excellence, and community focus.


Punjabi Cultural Society of Manitoba Presents How to Wind a Turban Demonstration
Learn the history of the turban, the reasons for wearing them and how to wind them.


Yoga Demonstrations for Kids
Join Cathy Spack of Calm Sense Yoga for a interactive yoga demonstration designed for Kids.

Interactive Activities at The Forks

2017 Programming

10am to 2pm  (unless marked otherwise on event listing - see hyperlink)

Children Museum’s Mini Culture Days
Guests under 10 are invited to participate in a guided activity station highlighting the visual arts, choose between creating a unique make-and-take activity or putting your own personalized touch on our collaborative art project.

Graffiti Art Programming: Artist Mash-Up
See 6 collaborative artworks come to life as 6 artists work together melding their individual styles to create unique, collaborative, works of art. Artists live paint while a DJ performs!
At the plaza Skate Park

Global Development Obstacle Course
K.I.D.S. Initiative will create an obstacle course that includes challenges that are relevant to global development and focused on human rights awareness, specifically in Kenya.
Busker’s Lookout (by the river)

Indigenous Games at The Forks
The Winnipeg Aboriginal Sport Achievement Centre will host Indigenous games for students at The Forks! Experience a variety of interactive games facilitated by the WASAC team. This event is sponsored by ArtSpark Manitoba. Ages 7 and up.
North Field at The Forks National Historic Site (between Festival Stage and the Red River)

Activities That Require Signing-Up at The Forks


Film Training Manitoba Presents Action!: Movie Directing Workshop

Film Training Manitoba will give participants a hands-on experience directing a movie scene. All the necessary filmmaking tools will be provided, including a script, storyboards, video monitor, and camera.
South Atrium in the Forks Market
10:00am-2:00pm - 30 minute workshops with up to 20 students per slot.
Please email mb[at]culturedays[dot]ca to register your school.
See videos from the activity here.

Freeze Frame Media Arts Centre: Stop-Motion Animation Workshop
Come and discover stop motion animation with Freeze Frame and create your own animated film by making pictures come to life. For all the kids from grade 3 and up.
South Atrium in the Forks Market
10:00am-2:00pm - 45 minute workshops
*can hold a max. of 25 students per workshop*
Please email mb[at]culturedays[dot]ca to register your school.
See what students did in past years here.

Manitoba Theatre for Young People Drama Workshops for Students
Are your students quite the characters? Have a blast acting it up in these fun drama workshops. 10:00am-2:00pm
Contact to book

Canadian Museum for Human Rights: Our Values Tour

As part of Culture Days' Student Day at The Forks, The Canadian Museum for Human Rights will offer a complimentary tour and activity to 50 students in Grades 9-12. Students will be immersed in a human rights dialogue that features a self guided tour and an activity entitled "Our Values". The activity will see students explore which values (inclusion, respect, cooperation and respect for diversity) are most important to them and learn how these values are foundations for human rights.
85 Israel Asper Way (please proceed through the group entrance. This is the entrance closest to York Avenue and Israel Asper Way)
*Tour is full 
First come first serve. Please email to register your school.

Participate In Your School 

Celebrating Culture Days doesn't mean attending these events or organizing high-scale productions. Here are a few ideas for your classroom to get started:

All activities large and small are welcome! We invite all educators in the province of Manitoba to take part in Culture Days. These activities can take place anytime during the week of Culture Days (September 21-27) in your school and community. Once you've decided on your classroom or school's involvement, send a short overview of your event or activity to and you'll be included in the Culture Days Manitoba program. Challenge other schools and teachers to join! Share this information with your school division and your community through newsletters and websites. Celebrate, create and participate school wide learning in the arts!

Why participate in Culture Days?

Teachers: This is your chance for your K-12 arts/performance group to present a performance at The Forks or simply attend the activities at The Forks or at Central Park! Or host your own cultural event with our support!

Recent Manitoba arts curriculum reform in Grades K to 12 reflect global reconceptualizations of arts education. Notions of traditional approaches to arts education have broadened to include a consideration of the complete needs of the child as a lifelong learner of the arts.

The philosophy supporting the new Arts Curriculum Framework of Outcomes (Manitoba Department of Education 2010) asks arts educators to examine the need to consider both integrated and independent models of curriculum organization. The interdisciplinary nature of the arts provides “unique opportunities to understand concepts and processes from other disciplines in new ways.  Linking the content of arts programming to other areas of learning, ensures that the arts do not become isolated from the general body of knowledge in the school curriculum” (p. 10- Manitoba Education and Youth 2003). Other recent developments and issues in music education include diversity education, multiculturalism in the arts, exploring social justice issues through art, technology, and Canadian identity in music education. Participation in Culture Days offers a unique opportunity for students and educators in Grades K to 12 to explore various Specific Learning Outcomes(SLO’s) from either the Dance, Visual Arts, Music and/or Drama Framework Documents.

We are now inviting all educators in the province of Manitoba to take part in Culture Days Manitoba.