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Culture Days will return September 20 – October 13, 2024.
Barrie's Culture Days Kick-off
Date and time
Meridian Place, downtown Barrie
87 Dunlop Street East
Directions: *Please note that Dunlop Street will be closed to vehicles. Drivers can park on a neighbouring streets or in waterfront parking lots.
Offered in English.
Nearby parking. Seating available. Pedestrian friendly.
The Culture Days Kick-Off will be an action-packed event with on stage entertainment and free, interactive arts activities for all ages.
PERFORMANCES ON THE MERIDIAN PLACE STAGE:
10:00 A.M.: Live Theatre singalong to songs from We Will Rock You with Kempenfelt Community Players
10:45 A.M.: Lasya Indian Folk Dance workshop
11:15 A.M.: Tai Chi and Square-Dancing workshop with the Simcoe Chinese Association
11:45 A.M.: Poetry Reading by Barrie’s Poet Laureate, Ty the Poetess
12:00 P.M.: Choir performance and workshop with Bravado!
12:45 P.M.: Dance Party with DJ Cachet
2:00 P.M.: Musical Performance by Megan Anne
2:30 P.M.: Salsa Dance workshop with Salsa Beats
3:30 P.M.: Caribbean Music Performance by Freez’ Careeb
5:00 P.M.: Musical performance by Zaki Ibrahim, presented by the Downtown Barrie Business Association
8:00 P.M.: Indian Dance After Party, hosted by the Downtown Barrie Business Association
ACTIVITIES IN MERIDIAN SQUARE AND DUNLOP STREET EAST:
9:00 A.M. to 1:00 P.M.: Kids Art Activity with Alexandra Gronfors
10:00 A.M. to Noon: Heritage Barrie Pop-Up
10:00 A.M. to 1 P.M.: Nature Play Trailer Grand Reveal and Local Pollinator Flower Art Activity with Monica Loney and the MacLaren Art Centre
10:00 A.M. to 2 P.M.: Drawing Chalk Monsters with Neil Smith
10:00 A.M. to 2:00 P.M.: Life Drawing featuring a live model with Drawing House
10:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M.: Step-by-Step Painting Activity with Vivian Heliotis
10:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M.: Stories in the Square with Barrie Public Library
10:00 A.M. to 2:00 P.M.: En Plein-Air Painting with Barrie Art Club
10:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M.: Salsa Dance Lessons with Salsa Beats
10:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M.: Collaborative Painting with Cultured Creatives
1:00 P.M. to 5:00 P.M.: Kids art activity with Jenn Guerin of Art with Purpose
1:30 P.M. to 2:30 P.M.: Brightening Barriers (Public Art Exhibition) Guided Walking Tour
2:00 P.M.: Public art walking tour with Monica Loney
Adjacent to the Kick-Off is Open-Air Dunlop, which will see Dunlop Street East closed to cars and open for pedestrians and cyclists to roam freely, enjoying shopping, patios and many more activities.
The Barrie Farmers Market also neighbours the event at City Hall, 70 Collier Street, from 9:00 A.M. to 1:00 P.M.
On the same day, there will also be Comic Fest at the Downtown Library and Game On at Five Points Theatre.
For more info, visit barrie.ca/culturedays
- Barrie's Webpage for Culture Days barrie.ca
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Each year, the City of Barrie is proud to celebrate Culture Days. This year, we are starting off the three-week festival with our Culture Days Kick-Off downtown, an action-packed event with live music, poetry performances, and art activi...