Peg Report 27: Number of Winnipeggers participating in arts and cultural events continues to grow

Nuit Blanche Winnipeg is a free, all-night exploration of contemporary art that takes place Saturday, October 1st, 2016. To celebrate, we took a look at new data from Peg, Winnipeg's community indicator system, on Participation in the Arts. What did the data tell us?  

Peg tells us…

  • Between 2007 and 2015, the number of participants in arts & cultural events in Winnipeg increased by 61% - an increase of 1,141,000 people! 
  • In 2015, there were just under 3 million visits to arts & cultural events in the city.

Why does this matter?

  • The arts are a critical element of any community's social vitality. The arts help define our identity, they attract tourists and residents, and give life to the community. 
  • The arts contribute significantly to the economy. Canadian exports of cultural products were valued at almost $1.3 billion in 2010 (Statistics Canada 2012).


Source of the data:

  • Peg’s data for the Participation in Arts indicator is provided by the Winnipeg Arts Council.  

Media inquiries:

For interviews on Peg, the data, or to be connected with organizations making a difference in the community, please contact:

Sumeep Bath, Media and Communications Officer
International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD)
(204) 958-7700 ex 740 |