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London landmarks are opening their doors

Amy Van Es | Interrobang | Culture | May 26th, 2014



Each year, thousands of people pour through the doors of more than 100 arts and heritage sites through the city in celebration of culture.

Open Doors London is an initiative that takes place during London Culture Days, the city's largest collaborative celebration of culture. The theme for Doors Open London 2013 was taken from the City of London's ReThink initiative, “live, grow, green, move, prosper,” and this coming event is sure to be just as exciting.

“There is a little something for everyone over the weekend!” said Andrea McNaughton, executive director of the London Heritage Council.

With over 50 sites open for exploration, tours and activities are spread throughout London, highlighting some of the city's most creative, flourishing people and initiatives.

“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,” said Halwa.

The event also features interactive activities that invite the public to take a peek behind the scenes and see how artists and historians really work.

London is one of many cities to participate in the Doors Open events with the inaugural event being held in France in 1984.

Since then, the urge to learn about and participate in a city's vitality has spread throughout Europe (all 48 states of the European Cultural Convention participated), and into North America, where states and provinces such as Newfoundland, Alberta, New York, Denver and, of course, Ontario, take part in the movement.

Toronto launched the first Doors Open Ontario event in 2002, and we quickly followed suit, with this year's celebration being the 13th in London.

Doors Open London is hosted by the London Arts Council and London Heritage Council and will run on September 27 and 28. It is a free-of-charge event. You can pick up a map and event guide at either of those offices, as well as various locations throughout the city.

To learn more about the event, visit doorsopenontario.on.ca.
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