Cultural Capital of Canada

Vancouver was awarded Cultural Capitals of Canada status for 2011 at a press conference held on November 12, 2010. Pictured (L-R): Councillor Suzanne Anton; musician Dan Mangan; Mayor Gregor Robertson; Councillor Heather Deal; federal Heritage Minister James Moore.

Vancouver was named one of three 2011 Cultural Capitals of Canada at a press conference in November 2010 where Mayor Gregor Robertson accepted the honour and thanked Canadian Heritage Minister for providing the city with $1.75 million to help celebrate Vancouver’s 125th anniversary.

The designation is awarded for merit, on the basis of a candidate community’s achievements that demonstrate an ongoing commitment to the arts and culture.

“It is a great honour to be recognized for our vibrant, diverse and active arts and cultural community,” Mayor Robertson said. “This past year, we hosted the biggest arts and culture event in Canadian history with the Cultural Olympiad, and with our 125th anniversary in 2011, we’re looking forward to even more events.

“The arts play a major role in Vancouver’s livability and economic well-being, and it’s great that our City’s artists are getting the recognition they deserve.”

Vancouver was named the 2011 Cultural Capital for cities with populations over 125,000. Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island and Levis, Quebec were the two other communities named 2011 Cultural Capitals by the federal government.

“Vancouver is renowned for its cosmopolitan charm, its vibrant cultural scene, and its wide range of activities,” said Minister Moore. “Our Government is pleased to confer on Vancouver, for the second time in that city’s history, the prestigious title of Cultural Capital of Canada. This honour is well deserved and a fitting celebration of Vancouver’s 125th anniversary.”

Mayor Robertson said the federal funding that accompanied the announcement will support events and celebrations being developed for the City’s 125th anniversary in 2011.

“With this support, we will be able to implement a wide range of cultural events to celebrate the anniversary of the City’s incorporation on April 6, 1886,” Mayor Robertson added. “The federal funding and our 125th anniversary will help us strengthen cultural and community partnerships as we all make plans to celebrate this historic milestone.”

The celebrations will begin in January and continue throughout 2011.

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There are 3 comments on “Vancouver is a Cultural Capital of Canada in 2011”

  1. Claudio Nassau says:

    Please advise full cultural programme (jazz, classical music, theater and modern dance, etc) in Vancouver, both in theatres and in the open air, from 15 to 20 July 2011.

  2. Vancouver125 says:

    Claudio, here are a few suggestions and be sure to check back later in the spring as we’ll be adding more summer time events:

    Open Streets: a series of summertime pedestrian-oriented public spaces programmed with various events and activities.

    Museum of Vancouver – Bhangra:Me Exhibition. The Museum itself is indoors but well worth checking out and it is very close to some beautiful outdoor spaces.

    Powell Street Festival: This is an annual festival in July that will feature a show called Jukkai in honour of Vancouver’s 125th anniversary./

  3. [...] Save the date! Birthday Live, Vancouver’s 125th birthday party event, will be held on Wednesday, April 6, from 2-9:30 pm. The celebration is a free, family-friendly event that will honour Vancouver’s diversity, its First Nations heritage, and distinction as a Canadian Cultural Capital. [...]

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