Stephen Near

Our annual Culture Guide will be turning five this year!

In 2014, the Hamilton Arts Council amalgamated our popular Theatre Guide and Gallery Guide and revamped both publications into the Culture Guide as a way of promoting and celebrating all arts across the city and highlighting achievements in music, visual arts, literature and the performing arts in the Hamilton region.

Published annually, the Guide tells the stories of the artists, performers and musicians that call Hamilton home. In past years, we featured original articles on important cultural events like the City of Hamilton Arts Awards, the monthly James Street North Art Crawl, and our very own Hamilton Arts Week. We've also done feature stories on arts education, our local music scene, the profile of international artists, and the importance of public art in the community. As well, each Guide has included a series of handy directories of local arts organizations and a calendar of events throughout the year.

A one-stop source for keeping all Hamiltonians informed on what is happening on the cultural front, the Culture Guide continues to be a signature program for the Hamilton Arts Council and we're very pleased to be celebrating the fifth year of this important publication as we enter into a year of exciting programming including the I Am An Artist campaign and Building Cultural Legacies.

To mark this year's Culture Guide, we're looking at redesigning both the look of Guide and the contents but we want your feedback as artists in the community on what you'd like to see.

Take our short survey and help us design our new Culture Guide!