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10 things you need to know about…Canada’s cultural attractions in 2014.

Let your spirit soar with these major new draws, including the Canadian Museum of Human Rights, Vikings and FrancoFolies.

22 January 2014
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While Canada’s nature and cuisine are inspirational draws for millions of travellers, those also enticed by our country’s rich culture can look forward to a vivid tapestry of new delights for the mind in 2014.

1) Nelson Mandela’sglobal legacy soars alongside the spirit of Canada’s Aboriginal youth in the Canadian Museum of Human Rights, which captures life-transforming freedom and struggle throughout the world. The museum opens in Winnipeg’s historic Forks district in September.

2) Wand-waving wizards and Voldemort whispering in your ear will have you reaching for your Nimbus 2000 Quidditch broomduring the Harry Potter™ Exhibition in Edmonton, AB. Among the Pottermania delights at theTelus World of Science:Harry’s original wand and Buckbeak™ the Hippogriff. The exhibition is open daily through March 9, 2014.

3) The Royal Winnipeg Ballet celebrates 75 years of whirling pirouettes and breathtaking jeté leaps in 2014. The famed troupe will leave you breathless before Romeo & Juliet, tempted by the torrid romance of Rodin/Claudeland enchanted by a mixed program of virtuosic solos. And don’t miss summer’s Ballet in the Park.

4) It’s not all beards and raiding parties when Victoria’s Royal BC Museum hosts We Call Them Vikings, ashields-down look at Viking life, ritual, ships and myth-making. The Vikings arrive on Vancouver Island on May 16 and depart November 11.

5) Hear the cannons roar and muskets fire, and watch the cultures clash during a performance of the award-winning Signal Hill Tattoo, overlooking the Atlantic Ocean in St. John’s, NL. The stunning National Historic Site evokes an epic 18th-century battle between French and British forces.

6) More than a thousand artists from a dozen countries meet close to a million roaring fans during the biggest music festival in the French-speaking world. Enchanting Montréal, QC, is the site of Les FrancoFolies de Montréal from June 13 to 22.

7) Peer through massive gates into the private heart of the world's largest imperial palace when The Forbidden City: Inside the Court of China’s Emperors exhibition reveals its treasures for your imperial gaze at the Royal Ontario Museum, starting March 8.

8) And the Oscar goes to . . . Canada’s 12-time Academy Award-winning National Film Board (NFB). For its 75th anniversary, watch Norman, a remarkable 4-D tribute to Oscar-winning Canadian film director Norman McLaren. The live show blends theatre, dance and film, and reaches right into your seats at Montréal’s Place des Arts. Also catch NFB’s animation exhibition at Québec City’s Musée de la civilisation, which starts June 4.

9) Imagine 250 works of the most prestigious Paris museums on display at the Musée de la civilisation when Paris en scène : 1889-1914 brings the beauty of La Belle Époque to Québec City. Continue the Parisian-themed love affair at the Hôtel Château Laurier, on a special dinner cruise and during the Grands Feux Loto-Québec fireworks.

10) Luminato festival is anall-in (audience included) arts and cultural celebration that spills into the streets and on the stages of Toronto, ON. Organizers pick a theme, and let the multisensory sparks fly inmusic, dance, theatre, film, fashion, and food. Get inspired June 6-15.

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