Culture Days provides opportunity to experience Barrie's vibrant arts and culture as part of Open Air Dunlop

(Barrie, ON) As part of the Economic Recovery Plan, the City of Barrie has collaborated with theDowntown Barrie BIA to bring Culture Days programming to Open Air Dunlop. Open Air Dunlop is the pedestrianization of a part of Dunlop St. on select Saturdays this fall.

Culture Days is extending beyond the traditional annual weekend of events to a more inclusive and interactive four-week schedule of activities. Kicking off September 25 and running until the end of October, Culture Days invites everyone in the city to participate in and show appreciation for arts and culture in their own communities and nationwide. As part of Open Air Dunlop, Dunlop St. E. between Mulcaster St. and Clapperton St. will be closed to vehicle traffic from morning until midnight for four Saturdays beginning September 26. The public is welcome to bike or walk along the street to check out the downtown's newly constructed streetscape, visit a local patio or shop, and discover local artists and their works.

Culture Days invites the public to view arts and culture programming and participation through the thematic lens of Unexpected Intersections—encouraging creative and outside-the-box thinking to reveal new avenues of discovery, learning, and expression. In an effort to keep the community safe, the majority of this year's Culture Days programming will take place online, through self-guided exploration and Open Air Dunlop. The health of our City remains paramount and strict COVID-19 safety protocols will be maintained as is required by theSimcoe Muskoka District Health Unit. 

There are a variety of ways that businesses, artists, and arts organizations can get involved this year:

Artists in Biz

This program pairs artists with local businesses to feature artists' works. Businesses and artists are invited toapply by September 21.

Online offerings

If an artist or arts/culture organization has an online performance, talk, workshop, or art demonstration they want to share, they can make it available online. It can be pre-recorded and available at any time during the month, can be a one-time or multiple time “event" with specific streaming dates and times given. Alternatively, it can be a live, interactive session that people register for and participate in at a scheduled time. These opportunities are intended to be free, and funds may be available to cover artist and creative expenses related to recording or streaming. Those interested can with their proposed program details.

Culture Days invites the public to get behind-the-scenes to highlight the importance of arts and culture in our communities. TheCulture Days organization supports a Canada-wide network of arts, culture, and heritage organizers to facilitate free public events in their communities every year.


Media Contact
Melanie Rumley
Communications Advisor
The City of Barrie
(705) 739-4220 ext. 4578