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Culture Days Schedule of Events

Culture Days Schedule of Events

The City of Brantford welcomes back Culture Days on September 29, 30 and October 1, 2017. Culture Days is a nationwide grassroots festival. Now in its 8th year, the festival invites the community to explore, discover and participate in arts and culture in Brantford, the County of Brant, and Six Nations. It’s a weekend full of free opportunities to learn from local talented creators, and to share your own talents with the community.

For more information about Culture Days, or to create your own Bright Spots schedule, click here.

Schedule of Events

Add Your Touch to the Lawren Harris Public Art Piece

Friday, September 29, 9:00am – 3:00pm

Brantford Farmers’ Market, 79 Icomm Drive, Brantford

Drop in to contribute to a monumental work of public art by Dave Hind and the Aluminum Quilting Society. Etch small pieces of salvaged aluminum and see your work come to life when the piece is unveiled at the Brantford Public Library (Main Branch) for Lawren Harris Day on October 23, 2017. 

Free Guided Tours at Chiefswood National Historic Site

Friday, September 29, 10:00am – 12:00pm & 1:00 – 3:00pm

Chiefswood National Historic Site, 1037 Highway #54, Ohsweken

Enjoy a free guided tour of the former home of poetess E. Pauline Johnson.

Sandbox Science

Friday, September 29, 10:30 – 11:15am

Brantford Public Library (St. Paul Branch), 441 St. Paul Avenue, Brantford

Join us for our interactive STEM story time for toddlers and preschoolers. Enjoy stories, songs, finger plays and a hands-on activity.

Guided Nature Trail Hike

Friday, September 29, 11:00am – 12:00pm & 2:00 – 3:00pm

Six Nations Tourism, 2498 Chiefswood Road, Ohsweken

Explore the largest stand of Carolinian forest in Ontario. Our pathways are thoughtfully designed and guided. Learn to give thanks in an Indigenous language of the Six Nations and more about the Carolinian forest.

Mohawk Chapel Free Tours

Friday, September 29, 11:00am – 12:00pm & 2:00 – 3:00pm

Her Majesty’s Royal Chapel of the Mohawks, 301 Mohawk Street, Brantford

Enjoy a free tour to learn about Six Nations and the Mohawk Chapel!

Kayanase Community Drop-In & Storytelling at the Longhouse

Friday, September 29, 1:00pm – 8:00pm

Kayanase Longhouse, 993 Highway #54, Ohsweken

Tour the Kayanase Longhouse and talk to Ecotourism staff. Storytelling will happen in the longhouse in the evening, ending by 8pm.

Behind the Scenes Tour at the Paris Museum

Friday, September 29, 1:00 – 4:00pm

Paris Museum & Archives, 51 William Street, Paris

Come in for a backstage look at the Paris Museum, Archives & Historical Society! Explore the history of Paris & area since Confederation through our newest exhibit: "Life in Paris, Celebrating Paris in Canada's 150" which features well-known town favourites and seldom-told tales. Join us for a sneak peek into our storage space, and talk to the men and women who volunteer their time and expertise to keep the museum thriving.

Teen Drop-In

Friday, September 29, 3:30 – 4:30pm

Brantford Public Library (Main Branch), 173 Colborne Street, Brantford

Drop by for crafts, games and other activities with friends or chat with our Child & Youth Worker. This program runs all year.

Unveiling of the Little Free Libraries

Friday, September 29, 5:00pm

Get your first glimpse at the series of 10 artisan libraries, bring some books to add and trade with the library, and enjoy some food and drink on us to celebrate this great project!

Live Music: Fünyboht with Leo Dragtoe

Friday, September 29, 8:30 – 11:00pm

Starving Artist Gallery Café, 42 Dalhousie Street, Brantford

Enjoy live music from local musicians, let your eyes gaze upon the art by local artists that pack the walls, and order fresh, made to order food from our full menu. Help support local! You will feel right at home, everyone is welcome.

Brant Studio Tour

Saturday, September 30 & Sunday, October 1, 10:00am – 5:00pm

Various Locations (for a full list of participating artists and locations, click here)

The 17th Annual Brant Studio Tour represents a wide range of fine art disciplines, media, and styles - traditional to contemporary, classical to quirky. You will see two and three dimensional works-in-progress as well as finished art on display, and, when you find something irresistible, this is an ideal time to purchase directly from the artist. Designed to promote understanding, appreciation, and enjoyment of the wide range of high quality original art created by member artists, the BST celebrates the creative process and its results and brings artists and members of the general public together for a unique behind-the-scenes arts experience.

Moving Forward Together

Saturday, September 30, 10:00am – 2:00pm

Woodland Cultural Centre, 184 Mohawk Street, Brantford

Moving Forward Together is an event supporting the healing journey of Survivors of the First Nations Residential School system and their families. Opening ceremonies to be held at 11am at the former Mohawk Institute Residential School. Activities will include a Sacred Fire, a Healing Tree exercise, and a walk down the laneway in honour and recognition of Survivors and their journey. Supporters will be invited to write or draw words or images of encouragement in chalk on the procession path. Refreshments and entertainment will follow. Activities will coincide with Orange Shirt Day, a day dedicated to the recovery of Residential School Survivors. Participants are encouraged to wear an orange shirt. Shirts will also be available on-site for purchase.

Culture Days at the Wincey Mills

Saturday, September 30, 10:00am – 4:00pm

Paris Wincey Mills Co., 31 Mechanic Street, Paris

Visit the Wincey Mills to watch, and take part while Kim DiFrancesco and Aliki Mikulich (owners of Paint-Club) create a painting over the course of six hours in an improvisational style with the public being invited to add small details to the piece! Once finished, the piece will be available for silent auction, with all proceeds going to the Glenhyrst Art Gallery of Brant.

Victoria Park Heritage Walking Tour

Saturday, September 30, 10:30am – 12:00pm

Brant Museum & Archives, 57 Charlotte Street, Brantford

Starting at the Brant Museum & Archives at 57 Charlotte Street take a leisurely walk to learn about the local personalities of the area that can be gleaned by just walking Brantford's main park - Victoria Park. The walk is on sidewalks and will last about 90 minutes.

How-To in 10 Event

Saturday, September 30, 1:00 – 4:00pm

Brantford Public Library (Main Branch), 173 Colborne Street, Brantford

Join us for a creative and interactive "How-To" event featuring local artists and craft enthusiasts. Take ten minutes at each station to learn a new skill, make something to take home, or simply appreciate the breadth of talent in your community. Featuring tech gadgets, face painting, live performance techniques, specialty hobbyists, and more. Everyone welcome!

History Walk of St. George

Saturday, September 30, 3:00 – 4:30pm

St. George Museum & Archives, 36 Main Street, St. George

Enjoy a guided walking tour through the village of St. George with concentration on architecture and history. Share your stories and memories as we go.

Live Music: Jaylene Cole

Saturday, September 30, 8:00 – 10:30pm

Starving Artist Gallery Café, 42 Dalhousie Street, Brantford

Enjoy live music from local musicians, let your eyes gaze upon the art by local artists that pack the walls, and order fresh, made to order food from our full menu. Help support local! You will feel right at home, everyone is welcome.

Behind the Scenes at Glenhyrst

Sunday, October 1, 12:00 – 2:00pm

Glenhyrst Art Gallery of Brant, 20 Ava Road, Brantford

Join us for a tour of beautiful Glenhyrst Art Gallery, our current exhibit "The Look Of Things" featuring the works of Keith Shearsby and Murray Favro, as well as an in-depth tour of the home and the history behind Glenhyrst and its previous life!

Writer’s Workshop with Krista Foss

Sunday, October 1, 1:00 – 3:30pm

Brant County Public Library (Paris Branch), 12 William Street, Paris

Award-winning writer Krista Foss will guide participants through an engaging and interactive workshop designed to inspire your inner author. Krista was the County of Brant Public Library’s 2016-2017 writer-in-residence, and she is back by very popular demand! Prepare to be infected by her enthusiasm for the written word.

Children’s Art Junk Journal Workshop

Sunday, October 1, 1:00 – 3:30pm

Brant County Public Library (Paris Branch), 12 William Street, Paris

Families can discover their inner Picassos together through the creation of unique Art Junk Journals—the more abstract, the better! Explore colour, design and imaginative thought with paint and collage techniques. No two junk journals are the same!



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