Niagara Cultural Capital of Canada 2012

The Niagara region was designated a Cultural Capital of Canada (CCC) for 2012, an honour awarded by the Department of Canadian Heritage based on a community’s achievements and ongoing commitment to culture and the program of cultural celebration it proposes. Guided by the theme “Crossing Boundaries: Niagara’s Creative Spirit,” Niagara’s program – the largest in CCC history – consisted of 22 projects embracing the full spectrum of cultural expression and activity, including art and photography exhibits; War of 1812 bicentennial celebrations; dance and dance education; a newly commissioned choral work; digital and multi-media exhibits; a new play; spontaneous acts of culture; performances and interviews with Niagara cultural stars; after-school arts programming; local cultural festivals; and much more.  

Niagara Capital of Culture 2012 Launch Video

Niagara’s Cultural Capital of Canada 2012 program provided new opportunities for residents and visitors of all ages to experience Niagara’s cultural attractions and assets; increased focus and awareness of Niagara’s history, identity and creativity; and created a legacy that, in conjunction with Niagara’s Culture Plan, will support the region’s creative workers and cultural industries for years to come. From music to museums, from dance to digital arts to drama, at local festivals, heritage sites and in cyberspace, Niagara’s Cultural Capital of Canada 2012 program was a tremendous celebration of Niagara’s rich culture. We invite you to learn more about this exciting year of culture by exploring the videos, photos and project pages below.

Project Reflections, 12-12-12