Harper Government Invests in Fêtes de la Nouvelle-France

QUÉBEC CITY, July 30, 2012 /CNW/ - An investment in the Fêtes de la Nouvelle-France will let a large number of Quebecers and visitors take part in a broad range of activities while promoting job creation, economic growth, and tourism in the region. Funding was announced today by the Honourable James Moore, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages.

Once again this summer, the streets of Old Québec City will come to life with festival goers from across Canada and around the world for the 16th edition of the Fêtes de la Nouvelle-France. The event is taking place from August 1 to 5, 2012. The funding will be used for historic re-creations, musical performances, and artisan workshops. The rich and diverse program of activities will be sure to please the 200,000 people expected to attend the festival.

"This year marks the start of the five-year countdown to the 150th anniversary of Canadian Confederation in 2017," said Minister Moore. "Our Government is proud to invest in projects that contribute to our collective identity and define who we are as Canadians. On the road to 2017, let us continue to celebrate all of the things that make Canada the united, prosperous, and free country it is today."

The Corporation des fêtes historiques de Québec, which presents the annual Fêtes de la Nouvelle-France, seeks to provide activities at several sites located in the historic district of Old Québec City, which hosts the event. The ongoing activities at these sites celebrate the history of New France.

"For the past 15 years, the Fêtes de la Nouvelle-France SAQ have been a driving force in the economic and cultural growth in the Québec City region. This contribution from the Government of Canada will allow us not only to strengthen this role, but also to ensure that this event continues to develop in the future while highlighting the city's most beautiful attractions, its artisans, and its heritage," said Stéphan Parent, Assistant Executive Director and Director of Programming for the Fêtes de la Nouvelle-France.

The Government of Canada has provided funding of $76,900 through the Building Communities Through Arts and Heritage program of the Department of Canadian Heritage. This program provides Canadians with more opportunities to take part in activities that present local arts and culture and celebrate local history and heritage.

SOURCE: Canadian Heritage

For further information:

(media only), please contact:

Sébastien Gariépy
Press Secretary
Office of the Minister of
Canadian Heritage and
Official Languages
819-997-7788

Éric Amyot
Director, Regional
Communications
Quebec Region
Canadian Heritage
514-283-4027

Media Relations
Canadian Heritage
819-994-9101
1-866-569-6155
media@pch.gc.ca

(This news release is available on the Internet at www.canadianheritage.gc.ca under Newsroom.)


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