Flin Flon’s Culture Days has received national recognition.
Among Culture Days celebrations held across Canada this past fall, Flin Flon hosted the most individual events among
areas with 49,999 or fewer people. That placed Flin Flon ahead of communities such as West Kelowna/Westbank First Nation, BC, and Huntsville, Ont.
Nationally across all population categories, Flin Flon hosted the fourth-most events, behind only Winnipeg, Toronto and London, Ont. Flin Flon ranked ahead of Vancouver, which finished fifth.
“We had 104 events in Flin Flon,” said Crystal Kolt, cultural coordinator for the Flin Flon Arts Council, the umbrella group that organizes Culture Days. “That meant we had the most events in a community with 50,000 people or less.”
While the result might be surprising to a casual observer, Kolt noted Flin Flon Culture Days has always been in the top 10 in Canada in terms of the number of events.
“I thought it was going to peter out because in actual fact, to be able to beat out Vancouver, it means that they’re maybe not as engaged as they could be or we’re ultra-engaged,” she said. “I think because we’re a small geographic community, it’s easier for people to know where everything is.”
Turnout for this year’s Flin Flon Culture Days was strong. Combined, the events drew 6,000 attendees. This figure counts one person who attended two events as two attendees.
“It’s just a reflection of the engagement of the community with arts and culture,” Kolt said.
Kolt is hopeful that the success will continue next year.
“There’s so many interesting things that could be done,” she said.