Culture plays an important role in every society. Cultural activities help people to express themselves as they tell their stories, celebrate, and reminisce about past events. Creative expression helps people to see the world from different perspectives.
Cultural Centres and Activities Stimulate the Economy
Cultural centres, events, and activities contribute to the Canadian economy. It forms a foundational part of Canada’s cultural heritage. In 2010, this sector added nearly $22 billion to Ontario’s GDP alone. In the process, this created more than 270,000 jobs in the sector for Ontario in 2010. The province is a cultural hotspot for most people in the country.
It is estimated that about 21 million North Americans visited Ontario to participate in some, among other destinations, over a two-year period seeking out a cultural activity on their visit. About a quarter of these North Americans visited cultural centres, theatres, festivals, and sporting events in the province in 2010.
The popularity of cultural activities in Canada provides significant opportunities for cultural tourism. There are many attractions and activities being advertised throughout the year to attract foreign visitors. Historically significant attractions in Ontario had more than 3.5 million visitors in 2011.
Cultural Activities Encourage Social Cohesion and Learning
Research has shown that there is a direct connection between culture and community well-being. This means that cultural activities and centres can promote social cohesion in society. Culture is important to the vitality of all communities in Canada. There are many social networks created through arts initiatives.
Cultural activities also create opportunities for education and lifelong learning. People who have a better understanding of their cultural heritage can develop a robust identity. Canada’s cultural sector promotes educational services and provides aspiring artists with learning resources.
It is crucial that cultural activities and events are promoted in society, as it gives people a way to express themselves in creative ways. Follow Enspectacle to learn more about the cultural sector in Canada.