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Culture Days

 

The City of Barrie is proud to celebrate Culture Days, a Canada-wide celebration designed to catalyze and inspire public participation in arts and culture.

Culture Days 2021 features an inclusive and interactive four-week schedule of activities in partnership with the Downtown Barrie Business Association’s Open Air Dunlop. Kicking off September 24 and running until​ October 24, Culture Days invites residents and businesses to participate in, and celebrate Barrie’s diverse
and rich arts and culture community.
 
Culture Days has invited event organizers and the public alike to view arts and culture programming and participation through the thematic lens of RE:IMAGINE. Arts and culture emerged as a lifeline of joy, providing gifts of colour, hope, and reprieve needed to make it through this past year. Collectively, we’re imagining what a post-pandemic world could look like and how we can each contribute to that picture being brighter.

RE:IMAGINE signals a positive turning point - the commitment to building tangible change into the future of arts and culture.
  
Based on current health and gathering requirements, programming will be delivered primarily digitally online or through self-guided and self-directed experiences, as well as through local organizations.
 

Programming

​There are several ways that residents, visitors, and businesses can participate in Culture Days. Additional details will be posted as they are confirmed.

Ongoing

Community Voices
Join the Barrie Public Library for this special Culture Days video series to learn more about our neighbours, listen to their stories, and celebrate the diversity of Simcoe County.
Watch: Quilts for Survivors
Watch: Melina Mellé
Watch: Scott Hurst
Watch: DeëDeë Ventii
Watch: Hate Has No Home Here Campaign

Brightening Barriers Temporary Public Art Project
Brightening Barriers is a temporary public art project that brings original works by local and regional artists to five patios throughout the downtown. Patio fencing serves as a canvas, offering an opportunity to turn our “barrier" of imposed separation into a collective artistic experience. Download the Self-guided Tour Map and Scavenger Hunt Map for families to engage in this fun exhibition that runs until November 30.

MacLaren Art Centre
Visit the MacLaren in person or online and take in one of many exhibitions and activities.

Saturday, October 30 - special extended Culture Days activities!

Open Air Dunlop
All Day, Dunlop Street from Mulcaster Street to Clapperton Street
Celebrate Autumn in the City with the Downtown Barrie Business Association! Dunlop Street East will be closed to vehicular traffic all day October 30th so residents and visitors may explore shops, patios, restaurants and more with ease. Keep an eye out for some fun Halloween-themed programming pop-ups along the street as well!

Clay Pinch Pot Making Workshop
9AM-3PM Blueberry Moon By The Bay, 84 Dunlop Street East
Facilitated by ceramic artist Heather Long from Days Eye Ceramics, learn how to make a small pinch pot with air dry clay that you can bring home with you. Stop by Blueberry Moon By The Bay between 9am to 3pm to participate! Free for anyone of any age.

Caricature Drawing Sessions
1-5PM Grilled Cheese Social Eatery, 53 Dunlop Street East
Receive a free personalized caricature! Once registered, you have a guaranteed spot to have your Caricature drawn by artist Linda Laforge at the Grilled Cheese Social Eatery. It takes 10 minutes to draw each person. Limited to 24 people.

Partner-Hosted – Many community creative organizations are supporting Culture Days and providing unique programming throughout the month. Partners include: the Barrie Public Library, Downtown BIA, Ontario Musicians Cooperative, MacLaren Art Centre, Barrie Film Festival, Theatre by the Bay, Talk is Free Theatre, Xcelerate Summit, Barrie Public Art Committee, and more.

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