Arts, culture and heritage are a vital part of life in Brantford. The city boasts a rich, diverse range of cultural resources including an array of performing, literary, and visual arts organizations, multicultural groups, libraries, a large performance venue, galleries and museums, and an extensive number of independent artists and craftspeople.

Brantford is strong and diverse in arts and culture.  The community offers everyone a wonderful and eclectic array of options to enjoy.  The arts provide fertile ground for outside investment and drives tourism. They also build creative skills and enhance educational opportunities for our workforce.  Together, arts and culture enrich and bind us as a community, creating a civic identity and connecting us in the ways that bring joy.

Ana Olson, Gallery Director, Glenhyrst Art Gallery of Brant

Brantford always has something to do! We are home to hundreds of festivals and events throughout the year. There is no shortage of live music, theatre, comedy or dance in Brantford. From nearly one dozen theatre groups, to spectacular dance groups, to incredible musicians, we know how to entertain! If you're looking for world class entertainment, the Sanderson Centre for the Performing Arts in downtown Brantford is the place to be. Its brilliant design and architecture represents our past and reflects the growth of our heritage and culture today.

Whether your passion is painting or the past, we have museums and galleries that will educate and amuse all ages. A must see museum is the Bell Homestead National Historic Site, the former home of Alexander Graham Bell, which set the stage for the invention of the telephone. Learn about local Indigenous histories at Her Majesty's Royal Chapel of the Mohawks, and Woodland Cultural Centre, which includes a museum and gallery, as well as the former Mohawk Institute Residential School.

If you love painting, drawing, sculpture and landscaping, our contemporary art gallery, Glenhyrst Art Gallery of Brant, offers year-round programs for all ages. Sports fans will love the Brantford and area Sports Hall of Recognition, which features interactive displays and memorabilia from some of Brantford's greatest athletes.

While discovering Brantford, you'll notice our incredible public art collection. This collection, which includes historic artifacts; exceptional sculptures; and contemporary pieces, reflects some of our community's most prominent people, places and stories.