Culture & Arts
Whistler’s arts scene is not just alive and well, it’s thriving. Better known as a mountain resort for skiing and winter sports, Whistler is also home to a vibrant arts and culture community, and was designated as the 2009 Cultural Capital of Canada. Painters, sculptors, ceramicists, multi-media artists, writers, actors, playwrights, photographers and filmmakers all call Whistler home and all contribute to the rich fabric of the local arts scene.
The Olympic Influence
Prior to the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games being awarded to Whistler and Vancouver, the local arts, culture and heritage community was actively engaged in expanding the experiences and opportunities in Whistler. Whistler used the Games as a catalyst to unify and build capacity within its arts, culture and heritage communities. The Whistler Arts Council lead Whistler’s cultural initiative and developed its cultural vision for 2010 and beyond, and coordinated programming that celebrated Whistler’s own culture and talent into a seamless overarching experience for residents and visitors alike.
Whistler's Cultural Tourism Development Strategy
A Tapestry of Place - The strategy aims to strengthen Whistler’s tourism economy by weaving Whistler’s authentic arts, culture and heritage experiences into a market-ready tapestry of offerings aimed at attracting visitors and enhancing the Whistler experience.
For more information:
- Click here for a recent feature on cultural tourism.
- Click here for a press release issued by the Alliance for Cultural Tourism regarding cultural tourism in Whistler.
Whistler Arts Council
The Whistler Arts Council advocates for the arts, local artists and the local community, as well as provides the community access to the arts through resources and information. WAC is also a valuable resource to outside organizations and local artists and acts as a referral service, co-programmer and information network.
Click here for event listings and more information on the Whistler Arts Council.
Maurice Young Millennium Place
Millennium Place is an active meeting place to celebrate visual, media and performing arts, mountain life; to inspire thought, provoke conversation and share a sense of community. The building is home to a 250-seat theatre, rotating art exhibitions in the Scotia Creek Gallery, the Whistler Youth Centre, multi-purpose and meeting rooms, and technical services.
Click here for more information.
Whistler Film Festival/Society
The Whistler Film Festival Society and the Whistler Film Festival are committed to enriching the cultural experience of local, national and international audiences by celebrating, promoting and developing Canadian filmmakers and world cinema. The Whistler Film Festival is held annually in Whistler.
To learn more, visit the website.
Whistler Public Art Program
The Whistler Public Art Program was created by Municipal Council in 1996. Since that time, projects have been created by the municipality and by the private sector. Projects are located in the Village, Village North, Upper Village and Whistler Creek.
To learn more about the program, click here.