Investing in New Brunswick's Arts and Culture

The Government of Canada provides financial support for the Frye Festival

MONCTON, NB, Jan. 23, 2014 /CNW/ - The Government of Canada has provided funding through the Canada Arts Presentation Fund and the Canada Book Fund to help the Frye Festival present the 2014 and 2015 editions of its bilingual international literary festival.

Robert Goguen, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Justice and Member of Parliament (Moncton-Riverview-Dieppe), today announced funding totalling $170,000 on behalf of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages Minister Shelly Glover.

The funding will allow the Frye Festival to host a series of events in 2014 and 2015 that include activities such as author readings and meetings, roundtable discussions, writing workshops, school visits, and events combining music and literature. The Festival will also host close to 140 school-related activities that allow students to discover authors and be exposed to the love of books and reading.

Quick Facts

  • The Frye Festival, among the largest literary events in Atlantic Canada, is attended by over 15,000 people each year and attracts more than 9,500 students with its youth program.
  • Each year in April, Moncton welcomes English- and French-speaking authors from all regions of Canada and from around the world to take part in the Frye Festival.
  • Nearly 400 authors from every continent have participated in the Festival since its inception in 2000.
  • A series of events such as readings, jams, panel discussions, school visits, workshops, book clubs, book launches and many other events are offered to public of all ages.

Quotes

"Our Government proudly supports artistic, cultural and literary events that highlight the talent of artists and authors from communities across Canada. With our financial support to the Frye Festival, we continue to deliver on our commitment to strengthen communities through job creation in the cultural sector."
-Shelly Glover, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages

"The Frye Festival showcases renowned Canadian and international authors, and it also promotes the love of reading and books among youth. By investing in this organization, we allow readers of all ages to broaden their horizon.''
-Robert Goguen, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Justice and Member of Parliament for Moncton-Riverview-Dieppe

"The Government of Canada is one of the Frye Festival's long-standing partners. Thanks to funding from the Department of Canadian Heritage, we are able to foster the dissemination of literary arts in Atlantic Canada and put together a diversified, enriching and accessible program that allows us to showcase Canadian literature at our event."
-Danielle LeBlanc, Executive Director, Frye Festival

Associated Links

Canada Arts Presentation Fund
Canada Book Fund
Frye Festival

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