Winnipeg is the core cultural and economic centre of the Winnipeg Capital Region. Downtown Winnipeg covers an area of about one square mile with 228 surrounding neighbourhoods.
Downtown Winnipeg is well known for its murals - many are historical paintings, school art projects, or beautification projects. Murals can also be found on several of the downtown traffic light switch posts and fire hydrants. Winnipeg is also known for its urban forest, particularly its beautiful American elm trees.
Winnipeg also has a thriving film community and has supported a number of Hollywood productions including the Oscar nominated film Capote. Also associated with Winnipeg is various music acts. Among the most notable are Neil Young, The Guess Who and Bachman-Turner Overdrive.