WHITEHORSE, Jan. 26, 2012 /CNW/ - Participants and spectators at the
2012 Arctic Winter Games can discover and celebrate the diverse culture
of the North, thanks to an investment from the Government of Canada.
This was announced today by Ryan Leef, Member of Parliament (Yukon), on
behalf of the Honourable James Moore, Minister of Canadian Heritage and
Funding will support the 2012 Arctic Winter Games Cultural Festival, a
celebration of Northern culture featuring artists from Canada and other
countries in the circumpolar region. The Festival, which is taking
place from March 4 to 10, 2012, will include daily performances and
concerts, workshops, visual arts exhibits, and an interactive digital
performing art project. The event will provide residents of remote
Northern communities with opportunities to experience the professional
performing arts, while allowing Northern artists to showcase their
"Our Government received a strong mandate from Canadians to invest in
jobs and growth in our Northern communities," said Minister Moore. "By
supporting important events like the Arctic Winter Games Cultural
Festival, our Government is delivering on its commitment to boost
tourism and support our arts, culture, and heritage."
"The Festival will be a focal point for Canadians and international
visitors attending the 2012 Arctic Winter Games," said Mr. Leef. "Arts
and culture spur creativity and innovation, which make our communities
better places to live and work. This investment will benefit Yukon
culturally and economically, and encourage knowledge sharing among the
artists and performers."
"The Arctic Winter Games Host Society is very pleased and grateful to
receive this funding from the Department of Canadian Heritage. This
support will allow us to mount an exciting Canadian and pan-Northern
festival with vibrant, eclectic, and challenging art performances and
outreach activities," said Laurel Parry, Vice President of Culture and
Ceremonies. "The Arctic Winter Games has a rich tradition rooted in
Northern friendship and exchange, and this funding allows us to build
connections between art disciplines, community, youth and professional
arts, and athletic and artistic achievement, and to strengthen Northern
producing and presenting networks."
The Festival is presented by the Whitehorse 2012 Arctic Winter Games
Host Society. The Society, established in 2009, is mandated to produce
a cultural program that helps develop geographic identity and maintain
good relations among Northern peoples, while promoting indigenous
cultural activities, exhibitions, and cultural interchange.
The Government of Canada has provided funding of $150,000 through the Canada Arts Presentation Fund of the Department of Canadian Heritage. This program gives Canadians
increased access to the variety and richness of Canada's culture
through professional arts festivals, presentations of live professional
performances, and other artistic experiences.
SOURCE Canadian Heritage
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