Federal funding is confirmed for 2015 and 2016 editions of the annual
WINNIPEG, Feb. 23, 2014 /CNW/ - The Festival du Voyageur is receiving a
total of $199,000 from the Government of Canada for the 2015 and 2016
editions of its 10-day festival.
Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages Shelly Glover
announced the funding at the 2014 Festival du Voyageur Closing
Federal funding will support the presentation of established and
emerging artists from across Canada performing popular, folk and
traditional music, as well as dance, storytelling, and theatre. It will
also assist the organization in providing Voyageur apprentice workshops
and programming for school groups to engage in a range of activities
and hands-on workshops.
Festival du Voyageur is a celebration of Manitoba's fur-trading past and
unique French heritage and culture.
Approximately 100,000 people attend western Canada's largest annual
winter festival every year.
Funding announced today is provided 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.
"I had the opportunity to attend a number of events at this year's
Festival du Voyageur and to celebrate our French Canadian and Métis
joie de vivre with thousands of Manitobans and visitors to our
province. There is no question that festivals like this one help
promote tourism and boost our economy, and our government is proud to
support them in their work."
—Shelly Glover, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages
"We are pleased to receive funding again from Canadian Heritage for the
next two years. The Festival plays an important role in presenting
French Canadian artists, and this funding will help us carry out our
mission of promoting the joie de vivre of Francophone Canada throughout
the year by creating inspired artistic, educational, historic and
cultural experiences from the era of the voyageurs. We sincerely thank
Minister Glover and the Government of Canada."
— Ginette Lavack Walters, Executive Director, Festival du Voyageur
Festival du Voyageur
Canada Arts Presentation Fund
SOURCE: Canadian Heritage
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Francine D. Lefebvre
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