Culture Days 2011 — Pre-Registration Opens on March 15!

In Announcements, Call to Artists, Events on March 7, 2011 by danceumbrella

We’re happy to announce that pre-registration for activity organizers planning events during the Culture Days 2011 weekend will open March 15 and run through to April 22, 2011.

The pre-registration period will be a chance for you to show your early support and your plans to participate in Culture Days 2011. Culture Days offers a free, online, easy to use activity registration system. If you organized an activity last year, you’ll be able to log on using the same user-name and password. Don’t worry, not all the details of your activity need to be confirmed at this early stage – you will be able to go back and make changes and updates to your
registered activity as your plans for Culture Days come together. By pre-registering, you’ll be putting your stake in the sand and declaring that you will be participating in Culture Days 2011!

Why register early? There are some great benefits if you register your Culture Days activity during the pre-registration period including having your participation in Culture Days 2011 announced as part of a major national media launch this spring!

Culture Days runs a major national awareness campaign with partners CBC, The Globe and Mail and St. Joseph Communications (publishers of Canadian Family, Fashion, Where Canada and Toronto Life magazines). This media campaign ensures that all Canadians are aware of Culture Days and supports your local promotional efforts.

When you register an activity, you also benefit from:
* full access to customizable Culture Days campaign materials to help you plan and promote your activity, including a Local Marketing and PR Tool Kits
* an array of tips, tools and guides to help you best promote your activity
* a connection to other local participants who have joined Culture Days, as well as to your regional representatives for support throughout the process of planning and promoting your Culture Days activity
Be sure to watch this space as other exciting benefits to pre-registration will be announced in the coming weeks.

Intrigued? Ready to jump on the early bird train for another successful Culture Days event this fall? Mark your calendar for March 15 and watch your inbox over the next few weeks for other pre-registration details for Culture Days 2011.

Don’t hesitate to contact regional Culture Days representatives in your area or with any questions you may have. You can also join the free telephone information session on March 22 at 2pm ET where we’ll be answering questions, providing tips and walking through the online registration process for Culture Days activities.

Information Sessions
The first Culture Days telephone information session was held on February 22nd. The response was incredible with over 40 people from across the country registering for the free teleconference, asking questions about how they can participate. Others shared their ideas and great experiences of Culture Days 2010. Thanks to everyone who participated in this first call!

These free tele-info sessions will continue on a bi-weekly basis from March through to the Culture Days weekend. View the schedule of upcoming sessions and register soon  to reserve your spot.

Upcoming Info Sessions will focus on topics such as:
March 8 – Municipal Leadership

If you’re involved in your community as a municipal worker or a municipal arts council member, this is the Info Session for you! Hear from those municipal leaders who made Culture Days 2010 a success in their communities and learn how they did it; ask questions and share with other municipal workers on how you can make the best of your Culture Days 2011 experience.

March 22 – How to Pre-Register a Culture Days Activity
Culture Days 2011 online activity Pre-Registration opens on March 15! This Info Session will answer questions about how to register an activity as part of pre-registration, outline some of the benefits of pre-registering and walk you through the process.

Community Spotlight
“Community Spotlight” is a new section of the Culture Days Newsletter where a spotlight is shone on some of the outstanding people, stories, events, communities, activities and organizers that emerged from the inaugural 2010 edition of Culture Days from coast to coast to coast. This section will also
feature emerging Culture Days 2011 stories. Are you planning something unique and fun? Did you do something last year you’d like to share? Know anyone who should be spotlighted? Let us know! Email us at

Culture Days 2010 demonstrated that municipalities can play a key role as community organizers. By convening a broad suite of partners and creative activities while leveraging their resources to provide local marketing support, they generated community excitement and participation in the event. In this Community Spotlight feature you’ll meet three municipal champions who helped make Culture Days a great success in their respective
communities. Read their full stories on the Culture Days blog .

Mark Your Calendar for Culture Days 2011
The second annual Culture Days event will take place September 30, October 1 & 2, 2011 – only seven months away! …And start planning!
Start spreading the word and brainstorming Culture Days ideas for your organization or community. Check out the list of activities that happened in your neighborhood in 2010 and talk to those who organized them; creating “cultural” hubs is a great way to collaborate and attract a large number of people to
activities within your immediate vicinity. Browse the blog for tips and ideas on how to plan a great activity and get involved in 2011. Check this space
for news, tips and updates on the free online registration system

for 2011.
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