Kelowna residents value local culture

A new report by Bernard Momer, associate professor of geography at UBC Okanagan, has found that Kelowna residents value and support cultural opportunities in the city.

The report, entitled Our City, Ourselves, provides valuable insight into Kelowna’s cultural status by using cultural indicators to measure progress and change.

“Our research looked at a variety of cultural indicators such as infrastructure, spending habits and the variety of cultural activities in Kelowna,” said Momer.

“We found that 64 per cent of residents believe that arts and cultural pursuits are important to the quality of life in Kelowna and, on average, Kelowna residents spend more than the provincial average on cultural pursuits.”

According to the study, Kelowna citizens spend $1,066 per year on culture activities. The study also notes that the City of Kelowna provides more than $18 per capita annually to stimulate cultural pursuits and activities in the area.

Kelowna is among the first B.C. communities to undertake a full assessment of the cultural landscape.

“We’re pleased to have this level of research available to us, as it will allow us to track progress on the cultural development goals we set for ourselves, now and in the future,” said City of Kelowna cultural services manager Sandra Kochan.

“It’s encouraging to see the community’s response to culture and the levels of support for the idea of culture as one of the dimensions of community quality of life.”

To view a copy of the report, visit


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