Here’s a place you gotta see on DOL weekend: Maya Hirschman the curator/manager of The Secrets of Radar Museum, located behind Parkwood Hospital on Western Counties Road near Westminster Ponds.
Photographed with a large radar unit inside the museum Wednesday September 26, 2012
MIKE HENSEN/The London Free Press/QMI AGENCY
One of JBNBlog’s favourite #ldnont weekends is just a weekend away…. yes, it’s time for Doors Open London & London Culture Days all in one big happy jam.
Here are the Doors Open London and London Culture Days details, courtesy of media ace Deanne Kondrat:
London, ON – The London Arts Council and The London Heritage Council invite you to the city’s largest collaborative celebration of culture: Doors Open London and London Culture Days! Over the weekend of September 27 and 28, Londoners and visitors are invited to experience, explore and have fun with over 100 arts and heritage events throughout the city.
Doors Open Ontario is a program of the Ontario Heritage Trust. Now in its 13th year, Doors Open Ontario features hundreds of communities participating in 49 events across the province and is the first of its kind in Canada. Doors Open Ontario invites us to discover first-hand Ontario’s hidden heritage treasures, some of which have never been open to the public. Since the program was launched, over five million visits have been made to heritage sites participating in this initiative. Doors Open London is the 2nd largest celebration of Doors Open in Ontario.
Culture Days is a collaborative, Canada-wide volunteer initiative to raise the awareness, accessibility, participation and engagement of all Canadians in the arts and cultural life of their communities. Launched in 2010, Culture Days is the largest public participation initiative and annual event undertaken by the arts and heritage communities in Canadian history. London is the 3rd largest regional city celebration of Culture Days in Canada.
Almost 35,000 visitors took part in free activities and tours presented last year. We are continuing with our new Event Guide layout this year with activity zones across the city so attendees can experience this incredible weekend of culture in London presented by our lead sponsor London Life. Attendees can also visit LondonCulture.ca to create their own personalized list of sites and customize their Doors Open London and London Culture Days weekend!
“With 35,000 participants, and growing, it just shows how excited Londoners are to experience culture and heritage in our city in all of its forms,” says Andrea McNaughton, Executive Director of The London Heritage Council. “Doors Open London and London Culture Days is an extension of how the two councils work day-to-day. We are co-located, we share staff and we also share these national and provincial-wide events.”
“Many of London‘s artists and cultural organizations are housed in heritage buildings and this weekend is an prime example of how the two areas of arts and heritage work well together to create our city’s culture,” says Andrea Halwa, Executive Director of The London Arts Council. “Another key element of Doors Open London and London Culture Days is the involvement of the city’s multi-cultural community. Visitors can experience a taste of Italy, South Asia, Poland, Africa, China, Latin America and more!”
This is the third year in which Doors Open London and London Culture Days have been running as a collaborative event.
Everyone can play a role: whether you are already passionate about culture in London or curious to discover new cultural experiences, the weekend is designed for you and the kids too. With over 100 activities to choose from and over 50 sites throughout the city, there is something for everyone!
Information on all 50 participating sites can be found on londonculture.ca. Or Map and Event Guides can be picked up, free of charge, at: the London Arts Council and London Heritage Council Office, all London Public Library Branches, all London Community Centres and both Tourism London locations.