Investing in New Brunswick's Art and Culture - Government of Canada provides financial support for Winterfesthiver 2014

FREDERICTON, Feb. 4, 2014 /CNW/ - The Honourable Keith Ashfield, Member of Parliament (Fredericton), today announced $10,000 in funding for Winterfesthiver 2014 on behalf of the Honourable Shelly Glover Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages.

The Government of Canada has provided funding through the Building Communities Through Arts and Heritage program to support Winterfesthiver. The 12th edition of the event took place on February 1 and 2 at the Capital Exhibit Centre in Fredericton. The activities included musical performances featuring local artists, snow sculpting demonstrations, and artists' displays.

Quick Facts

  • Over 200 volunteers dedicated 4,200 hours to planning, managing, implementing, and evaluating the two-day festival.
  • Winterfesthiver is part of FROSTival Fredericton, Atlantic Canada's Largest Winter Celebration.
  • Winterfest NB Inc. is a non-profit volunteer organization.
  • Winterfest NB Inc. was inspired by a family's visit to Winterlude in Canada's Capital Region in the mid-1990s.

Quotes
"Winterfesthiver is a great community gathering that helps warm people's hearts with entertainment and activities from local artists and performers. I am proud to announce our Government's continued support to this organization."
— The Honourable Keith Ashfield, Member of Parliament (Fredericton)

"Fredericton's economy and the community's well-being will benefit directly from the support provided by our Government. Winterfesthiver is a great example of how volunteers can provide cultural experiences to residents and visitors."
— The Honourable Shelly Glover, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages

"Winterfesthiver's thrilling ice slides and amazing snow maze draw visitors from throughout the region and beyond to enjoy great Canadian outdoor winter traditions. The outdoor attractions are complimented by activities inspired by winter sports, games, and pastimes featuring local artistic, culinary, and musical talent. Winterfest NB Inc. acknowledges the support of the Government of Canada through Canadian Heritage. The support of Canadian Heritage was crucial to making this 12th annual edition possible."
—John Antworth, President of Winterfest


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