Guelph named runner-up in Culture Days spotlight program

Guelph, Ont., November 21, 2018 – The City’s Culture Hub and Makers Market, presented earlier this fall in celebration of Culture Days, has been recognized for outstanding participatory programming.

The second annual Culture Hub and Makers Market was held on Saturday, September 29, 2018. City Hall and Market Square were buzzing with activity from 9 a.m. until well after noon when the event ended. Events were diverse and plentiful, engaging visitors with interactive, hands-on experiences that sparked conversation, encouraged collaboration and celebrated creativity.

“We are encouraged and energized by this recognition,” says Stacey Dunnigan, the City’s manager of culture and tourism. “You can’t win an award for participatory programming without participants and we are incredibly grateful for the community’s support of this initiative.”

Assessors chosen by Ontario Culture Days for their expertise in arts and culture evaluated Spotlight nominations to select the laureates and finalists. Assessors included representatives from provincial arts service organizations, established Ontario artists, Culture Days staff and board members and past Spotlight winners.

Planning has already started for the tenth annual Culture Days weekend which will take place September 27, 28 and 29, 2019. Interested individuals, organizations and businesses are invited to attend a planning and brainstorming session on Wednesday, December 5 from 5–6 p.m. at City Hall.

For a full list of 2018 Culture Days highlights and photos visit

About Culture Days

Culture Days raises the awareness, accessibility, participation and engagement of Canadians in the arts and cultural life of their communities. Starting on the last Friday in September every year, Culture Days takes place in hundreds of cities and towns throughout the country. During this annual three-day celebration, thousands of passionate individuals, organizations, municipalities and partners come together to host free participatory public activities, bringing together millions of Canadians.

Media Contact

Stacey Dunnigan, Manager of Culture and Tourism
Culture, Tourism and Community Investment
City of Guelph
519-822-1260 extension 2533
[email protected]