Cultural Summit

Please note that this event has been postponed due to COVID-19.

Celebrate Arts and Culture at the Richmond Hill Cultural Summit!

The Cultural Summit is an event for artists, creative industry professionals, cultural organizations, students, volunteers and culture lovers to network and learn more about arts and culture in Richmond Hill.

Performances by Local Artists

The 2020 lineup is a great sample of the talent Richmond Hill has to offer. The Cultural Summit performances will be announced soon.  

Featured Artist Spotlight

Richmond Hill’s 2019 Artist in Residence was muralist and arts educator Cindy Scaife. Learn more about how Cindy’s sculpture series, A Puzzling Habitat, used the power of art to generate awareness of threatened species in our local community. 

Richmond Hill Arts Awards, Celebrating Local Success Stories

The 3rd Annual Arts Awards winners will be presented with their awards at the 2020 Cultural Summit.  The Richmond Hill Arts Awards profile cultural success stories by recognizing artistic talent and community contribution to the arts sector in Richmond Hill. 

Visual Art Gallery

Looking for a new piece of art for your walls? Richmond Hill is home to many talented visual artists. Check out their work at our Cultural Summit Visual Art Gallery.  The artwork will be on display at the Richmond Hill Centre for the Performing Arts from March 30 to April 6, 2020. 

Community Art Organizations

Richmond Hill-based community art organizations will be in attendance to provide information on programs, events and how you can get involved. There will be an exciting mix of local arts and culture organizations at the Cultural Summit. 

Richmond Hill Cultural Projects

The Cultural Plan was developed following extensive community consultations. The Cultural Summit will highlight 2019 Cultural Plan projects and activities developed to support culture in Richmond Hill. 

Any much more! 

Past Events

2019 Cultural Summit

The 2019 Cultural Summit took place on March 26th at the Richmond Hill Centre for the Performing Arts. 

The evening featured an update on 2018 Cultural Plan activities, performances by local artists including Jake Charles, Arts MackenzieOpera York Children's Chorus, Norman Dance Company, Classical Persian Music and presentation of the Richmond Hill Arts Awards. The night also featured a special Spotlight Artist Talk from Richmond Hill's 2018 Artist in Residence, Aimie Botelho as well as the official unveiling of the Cultural Summit Visual Art Gallery.

2018 Cultural Summit

The 2018 Cultural Summit took place on March 27th at the Richmond Hill Centre for the Performing Arts. 

The evening featured an update on 2017 cultural plan activities, performances by local artists including Ken, Mark and Stephen SparlingShadowpath Theatre Productions, the Toronto Chinese Philharmonic Arts CenterYork Region Chamber Music and Panwar Music and Dance Productions and presentation of the Richmond Hill Arts Awards. 

View photos of the 2018 event.

2017 Cultural Summit

The 2017 Richmond Hill Cultural Summit took place on March 30, 2017 at the Richmond Hill Centre for the Performing Arts. The evening featured an update on key 2016 Cultural Plan initiatives, performances by local artists and the premiere of Celebrated Stories: Cultural Icons film project featuring interviews with Farley Mowat, R.H. Thomson and Elvis Stojko.  The night also featured Spotlight Richmond Hill, Celebrating Local Success Stories. Attendees heard from three Richmond Hill-based artists, Andrea End, Sean Cisterna and Jessica Tse, whose projects have enhanced cultural activity in Richmond Hill.

View photos of the 2017 event.

2016 Cultural Summit 

The 2016 Richmond Hill Cultural Summit took place on March 29, 2016 at the Richmond Hill Centre for the Performing Arts. The Cultural Summit featured an update on key 2015 Cultural Plan initiative,  the Summit Visual Art Gallery, performances by local artists  and a showcase of Richmond Hill-based cultural organizations. The evening also featured the premiere of the Celebrated Stories: Digital Storytelling Project. Watch the videos about their stories.

View photos of the 2016 event. 

2015 Cultural Summit

The 2015 Richmond Hill Cultural Summit took place on March 24, 2015 at the Richmond Hill Centre for the Performing Arts. The Cultural Summit was a celebration  of the past year's Cultural Plan initiatives.  The night also premiered a special Celebrated Stories initiative called Cultural Icons; featuring interviews with three of Richmond Hill's Cultural Icons.

View photos of the 2015 event.

2014 Cultural Summit

Our first annual Richmond Hill Cultural Summit took place on March 26, 2014. We celebrated the previous years' cultural programs, festivals and events and all creative industries in Richmond Hill.

The Summit also launched a number of new projects, such as the Richmond Hill Culture Map and the short film series Richmond Hill: Past, Present and Future, a Celebrated Stories Project.

View photos of the 2014 event.