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Canada/ 8.4 Amateur arts, cultural associations and civil initiatives  

8.4.2 Cultural houses and community cultural clubs

A random review of Internet websites indicates a vast array of cultural houses including linguistic cultural clubs such as the Alliance Française with ten associations in Canada out of more than 1 130 associations in 138 countries, and the Goethe Institute with three chapters in Canada. Other national ethno cultural groups are widespread such as the Portuguese-Canadian National Congress and the German-Canadian Congress. A wide range of community cultural centres also exist such as the Chinese Cultural Centre of Greater Vancouver, the Calgary Multicultural Centre, the Canadian Centre on Minority Affairs (Black and Caribbean) Canada, the Centre culturel français de Vancouver, Lithuania Online Organisations, the Iranian Cultural Centre, the African Heritage Cultural Centre, the Vancouver Multicultural Community, Heritage Foundations in carious cities across Canada, SaskCulture Inc., and the Edmonton Historical Heritage Festival Association. There is also a large number of cultural publications such as Lethbridge Cultural Life and Toronto Culture, as well as cultural organisations dedicated to such events as centennial-and-beyond celebrations, the Scandinavian Midsummer Festival in Vancouver and the Vancouver Asian Canadian Theatre. Finally, there are a large number of university and high school student unions which often feature cultural and ethnocultural activities. It should be noted that the above examples of cultural houses and community cultural clubs are indicative of a much broader field of organisations that currently lacks overall centralised documentation.

Chapter published: 24-11-2008

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