CALGARY, Oct. 14, 2011 /CNW/ - The City of Calgary is a Cultural Capital
of Canada for 2012 and will receive important support to continue to
grow its vibrant arts scene, thanks to an investment by the Harper
Government. The announcement was made today by Lee Richardson, Member
of Parliament (Calgary Centre), on behalf of the Honourable James
Moore, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages, alongside
Naheed Nenshi, Mayor of Calgary.
"Our Government received a strong mandate from Canadians to invest in
important projects like those Calgary will undertake as a Cultural
Capital of Canada," said Minister Moore. "By supporting these
celebrations, our Government is delivering on its commitment to
strengthen our economy and support our arts, culture, and heritage."
"Our Government has made unprecedented investments in the arts, and we
appreciate Calgary's commitment to promoting Canadian culture," said
Mr. Richardson. "Calgary is one of Canada's fastest growing and most
vibrant cities, and we look forward to working with the city on its
upcoming centennial anniversaries to continue to promote the arts,
boost tourism, and grow our economy."
"This is an honour for Calgary that recognizes the importance and
vitality of our arts and culture sector," said Mayor Naheed Nenshi.
"Calgarians take great pride in supporting culture, and 2012 will be an
opportunity to share that pride with all Canadians and further develop
our cultural industries."
In 2012, Calgary will celebrate 100 years of cultural accomplishments
and set the path for growth over the next century. Next year's
centennial celebrations of some of the city's cultural cornerstones,
including the Calgary Stampede, the Calgary Public Library, the
Pumphouse Theatre, and Theatre Junction GRAND, will mark a pivotal
point in Calgary's history.
The Cultural Capital of Canada designation is awarded on the basis of a candidate community's
achievements that demonstrate an ongoing commitment to the arts and
culture. Designated municipalities must also propose a series of
projects that celebrate the arts and culture and integrate them into
overall community planning. The program's objective is to stimulate
sustained community support for the arts and heritage.
The Niagara Region was also designated a Cultural Capital of Canada for
(This news release is available on the Internet at www.canadianheritage.gc.ca under Newsroom.)
SOURCE Canadian Heritage
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