Culture Days 2022: A chance to re-emerge from the Covid experience « Burlington Gazette

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September 16, 2022


Residents are invited to join local artists, cultural professionals and creative organizations in attending free and interactive events and activities in person or online during the 13th annual Culture Day.
Culture Days will take place from September 23 to October 16, 2022. This year, it is expanding beyond its traditional weekend format to feature a more inclusive and interactive three-week schedule of programs and events. .

Canada is ready for a re-emergence of arts and culture, and so is Culture Days. As the world navigates past norms and designs new solutions for everyday life, arts, culture and expression play a vital role in a healthy and prosperous society. This year’s theme, RE: Emergence, explores new ideas and innovation in arts and culture while committing to creating tangible change in the sector and society. As we learn to live with COVID-19, the Ontario Culture Days Festival will offer a mix of in-person events as well as digital and self-guided programming. Participants are asked to ensure that they follow municipal, regional, provincial and public health guidelines in their area. Ontario Culture Days has created event pages for attendees and ways to experience arts and culture across Ontario.

Angela Paparizo, Director, Arts and Culture, said, “This year, Burlington’s artists and cultural organizations are providing residents and visitors with creative and innovative events and programs. I invite everyone to see what Burlington’s artists and cultural organizations are offering at the 13th Annual Culture Days. It’s a great opportunity to see our local talents perform and show off their creativity.

Some events:

BPAC opens its doors for free performances and demonstrations in our Family Hall and Main Theater! General Admission Seating – No Ticket Required!

12 p.m. to 4 p.m.: Visit local performing arts organizations in the BPAC lobby, including:

  • Burlington Student Theater
  • Burlington Symphony Orchestra
  • Burlington New Millennium Orchestra
  • The Burlington Footnotes Senior Performing Troupe, Inc.
  • Southern Ontario Lyric Opera

FREE shows

Burlington Footnotes

Burlington Dance Demonstration Footnotes

1:30 p.m. in the lobby

The Burlington Footnotes will do a jazz dance called Some silly songs from the 60s of their Must SING, must DANCE! June show. They will also demonstrate a dance called instant snap and invite members of the public to join in – it’s great fun! Visit the footnotes at their table for a chance to win a footnote bag full of goodies.



Southern Ontario Lyric Opera Show

2:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. at the Main Theater

Southern Ontario Lyric Opera (SOLO) is a young, vibrant and dynamic opera company with a dual purpose of preserving and cultivating the multi-faceted art of opera for the dedicated aficionado, while raising awareness and educating those who are new to this exquisite art and fine art form, through community outreach.

Under the direction of Founder and Artistic Director, Sabatino Vacca, SOLO debuted in September 2015 with “A Grand Night for Opera,” a celebration of opera favorites, at the Burlington Performing Arts Center. Since then we have mounted productions of La Traviata, Tosca, Rigoletto, Don Giovanni, a special concert with Adrianne Pieczonka, and more.

SOLO’s Artistic Director presents operas at the Burlington Central Library, seniors’ residences and other local groups. Popular topics are “Opera 101” and dialogue focused on specific operas from SOLO’s repertoire. These events usually feature an artist performing excerpts from an upcoming opera which has proven to be very popular with those in attendance as it gives them the opportunity to interact and ask questions, and learn more about opera singers and their profession.

Burlington Symphony Orchestra

Performance by the Burlington Symphony Orchestra

3:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. at the Main Theater

The Burlington Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of Denis Mastromonaco, celebrates 50 years of musical creation. We are a full-scale community orchestra serving Burlington, Hamilton and surrounding areas. The BSO is proud to fulfill an important cultural role within our city and to contribute to the vitality of our growing community. As part of Culture Days, on September 24, the full BSO will perform several lighthearted favorites, including the main Star Wars theme and Colonel Bogey’s march.


Student theater

Burlington Student Theater Show

4:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. at the Main Theater

Learn, grow and belong at the Burlington Student Theater, established in 1979. Children and youth ages 4-18 can participate in a range of performing arts opportunities. We offer year-round programming with 4 performances per year at the Burlington Performing Arts Center and have produced over 50 performances since the Center opened in 2011. All tickets go on sale from November for all performances on Burlingtonpac .that. Our team of passionate professionals will help build self-esteem, confidence, critical thinking and transferable skills. This afternoon, members of the Senior company aged 14 to 17 will perform “Cell Block Tango” from their musical Chicagoperformed right here in May 2022. We are grateful for the support of the Burlington community.


Dates and times

Sat Sept. 24, 2022 from 12 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.


BPAC Family Hall
main theater

Ticket prices

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