Barrie Culture Days: a behind-the-scenes look at the arts

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The 9th annual Barrie Culture Days offers a range of activities, including a silent DJ dance party at Meridian Place.
On this weekend (Sept. 28-30), the event features a variety of free programs and activities designed to inspire public participation in arts and culture.
In addition to the dance party other highlights include a culture crawl that includes sketching, theatre, poetry and dance, a drop-in hand drumming workshop, an acapella performance by Barrie’s Soundwaves and a chance for members of the public to conduct the Huronia Symphony Orchestra. Local musicians will perform on select Barrie Transit buses and Barrie’s Emerging Musicians will entertain at various locations in downtown Barrie.
New this year, local artists from PRNT Collective will create printed t-shirts using textures from objects around the city such as metal drain covers and sidewalk grates.
Just Beat It! The search for Simcoe County’s best drummer will take place Saturday from 3–5 p.m. at Five Points Theatre, presented by Pratt Homes & Development. Watch local drummers aged 21 and under compete for the chance to win a cash prize, cymbal pack and more.
The MacLaren Art Centre’s Carnegie Days also takes place over the Culture Days weekend. Carnegie Days is an annual festival of art and language that celebrates the origins of the Art Centre building as the 1917 Carnegie public library with exhibitions, public art projects, lectures, readings, video screenings, workshops and other public programming.
Culture Days is a Canada-wide celebration that was created in response to the growing recognition that a vibrant arts and cultural sector contributes directly to a healthy and stable society. Barrie has been celebrating Culture Days since 2010 with the goal of providing a behind-the-scenes look at the arts.
For a full list of Culture Days events, please visit