Children's Festival in St. Albert Receives Federal Boost
Member of Parliament Brian Storseth Announces Funding for Northern Alberta International Children's Festival
ST. ALBERT, AB, Jan. 29, 2014 /CNW/ - The Government of Canada has provided $190,000 in funding through the Canada Arts Presentation Fund to enable the Friends of the Northern Alberta International Children's Festival Society to present the 33rd and 34th Northern Alberta International Children's Festival.
Member of Parliament (Westlock-St. Paul) Brian Storseth announced this continued support today in St. Albert, on behalf of Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages Shelly Glover. Funding is over two fiscal years: $95,000 in 2014-15 and $95,000 in 2015-16.
The Festival showcases the work of local artists through performances in puppetry, music, theatre, circus and film across 11 different stages around the region. In addition, the Society holds outreach workshops featuring First Nations and Métis crafts, storytelling, visual arts and dance.
- The 33rd Festival is scheduled to run from May 27 to 31, 2014.
- Festivals and celebrations represent $66 million of Canada's Gross Domestic Product.
- The culture sector accounts for more than 630,000 jobs.
"Festivals like this are not only a source of civic pride; they also
stimulate the economy and provide support for local tourism."
- Brian Storseth, Member of Parliament (Westlock-St. Paul)
"Today's announcement demonstrates our commitment to supporting arts and
culture organizations that contribute to the diverse and vibrant
cultural life in northern Alberta."
- Shelly Glover, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages
"On behalf of the thousands of children, families and volunteers who
participate in this festival every year, we are grateful for the
ongoing support of the Government of Canada. This support enables us to
present diverse programming, providing our audiences with dynamic
opportunities to discover our rich heritage and explore the world of
arts and culture."
- Stephen Bourdeau, Business and Events Manager. Friends of the Northern Alberta International Children's Festival Society
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