Skip Ribbon Commands
Skip to main content
Sign In

Culture Days


Each year, 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 featured 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 invited residents and businesses to participate in and celebrate Barrie’s diverse
and rich arts and culture community.
Culture Days 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 imagined 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 health and gathering requirements, programming was delivered primarily digitally online or through self-guided and self-directed experiences, as well as through local organizations.


​There were several ways that residents, visitors, and businesses could participate in Culture Days 2021. 


  • 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!

Looks like your screen is a bit too small

The page you are attempting to view is not currently compatible with the dimensions of your device. Please visit this page on a larger screen.