CAMPBELLFORD, ON, Oct. 1, 2013 /CNW/ - Rick Norlock, Member of
Parliament (Northumberland Quinte West), on behalf of the Honourable
Shelly Glover, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages,
today announced funding for the Westben Arts Festival Theatre's
cultural activities in 2014 and 2015.
"The Westben Arts Festival Theatre brings an incredible range of
cultural experiences and Canadian artists to this community," said Mr.
Norlock. "I commend Westben for 15 years of dedication and success!"
This investment will support Westben's 2014 and 2015 programming,
including the Concerts at the Barn festival showcasing Canadian and
international musicians. The festival includes classical musical
recitals, opera, Broadway, world music, and jazz, all performed on the
stage of a beautiful barn with state-of-the-art acoustics. Master
classes will also be provided during the festival. Other special
audience and educational activities will occur year round.
"Our Government is proud to support organizations like the Westben Arts
Festival Theatre that bring unique cultural experiences to their
communities," said Minister Glover. "The theatre provides opportunities
to celebrate our Canadian artists while contributing to the vitality of
"Keeping an arts organization healthy and vital is no easy task, even as
Westben approaches its 15th season," said Brian Finley, Artistic and Managing Director, Westben
Arts Festival Theatre. "We are thrilled to acknowledge the Department
of Canadian Heritage for being such a vital, ongoing partner in helping
us bring an array of artists from across Canada together with our
friendly community. Multi-year funding allows us to plan further into
the future, helps us to attract the very best, and is also vital for
the sustainability of the organization. Westben is grateful. Our
community is grateful. Our visiting artists are grateful. Our country
is a better place for it!"
The Government of Canada has provided funding of $100,000 ($50,000 in
2014-2015 and $50,000 in 2015-2016) 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.
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SOURCE: Canadian Heritage
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