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Arts & Culture

Pickering proudly showcases its diversity and unique heritage through a variety of arts and cultural activities. The energy of the city comes alive through bustling festivals and live theatre, to musical entertainment and art exhibits. Come hear our story and experience the colours of Pickering!

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The City of Pickering is thrilled to be celebrating Canada and Ontario's 150th Anniversary in 2017.  Celebrations kicked off at the New Year's Day Levee with live music and an interactive arts project in the spirit of Pickering's Tom Thomson.

Projects, events, and activities have been planned throughout the year. Staff will be engaging our community in many exciting projects to showcase and celebrate all that is great in our Country. These initiatives will empower our community, celebrate Diversity, Heritage, Innovation and Sports Excellence, create opportunities for our youth and improve Accessibility for all.

Mark your calendars to join in Pickering's 150 Tour where you will find special activities celebrating this special anniversary.  Check back often to see the latest news and announcements.

Cultural Strategic Plan

The City of Pickering Cultural Strategic Plan sets a vision for the place of arts, culture and heritage in the City and identifies strategic directions for policy, investment, partnerships and programs for 10 years.

The Cultural Strategic Plan completes the important work of:

  1. Defining Pickering's identity and mapping out its cultural assets and resources;
  2. Collecting input from Pickering's valued partners that define its cultural opportunities, priorities and identity; and
  3. Developing a comprehensive strategy to reach Pickering's economic, environmental and cultural goals.

Download the Cultural Strategic Plan [PDF], or view the eBook format online.

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a young couple browsing the art work on display in Pickering's Nautical Village