Huntsville loves culture: we ranked in the top 10 for Culture Days across Canada

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Culture in Huntsville continues to earn attention at a national level, according to data released today for 2017 by Culture Days Canada.

“We really owe credit for this result to the community presenters, participants and to all the volunteers, especially Pam MacKenzie who is a super-mobilizer,” said Huntsville Manager of Arts, Culture and Heritage, Teri Souter. “I can’t wait to see what people around here will do next.”

Huntsville and area partners presented 67 activities in 2017, and almost 6,000 people participated in the annual Culture Days event. This level of participation puts Huntsville, Ontario in the top ten communities of all sizes across Canada. In smaller communities with populations below 50,000 people, Huntsville ranked second, up one spot from its third place ranking of 2016.

“We are expecting even more fun in 2018,” says Huntsville Mayor Scott Aitchison, “I am proud of our reputation as a culture hot spot. I am continually impressed by the creativity, talent and passion of people in Huntsville.”

Huntsville has been participating in Culture Days, which occurs annually at the end of September, since 2011. Culture Days events are free. Just a few of the 67 events for 2017 included activities as varied as a charity paddle art auction, a chance to write a problem on a pottery shard and watch a train smash it, a proper Victorian high tea with homemade scones, and many artists, musicians and culture-makers on Main Street and in their studios providing interactive content and hands-on activities.

Culture Days 2018 is slated for Friday, September 28 through Sunday, September 30. For more details on Huntsville’s 2017 ranking, visit culturedays.ca.

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