ST. CATHARINES, ON, March 27, 2012 /CNW/ - In the Soil: Niagara's
Homegrown Arts Festival will once again bring in tourists and showcase
local artists, thanks to an investment by the Government of Canada.
Rick Dykstra, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Citizenship
and Immigration and Member of Parliament (St. Catharines), made the
announcement today on behalf of the Honourable James Moore, Minister of
Canadian Heritage and Official Languages.
From April 27 to 29, Suitcase in Point Arts Performances will present
the 4th In the Soil: Niagara's Homegrown Arts Festival. The 3-day festival will
bring Niagara Region artists from a range of disciplines together to
provide unique audience experiences. Residents and visitors to the area
will enjoy musical, theatrical, dance and spoken-word performances, as
well as visual art exhibitions and demonstrations.
"Our Government received a strong mandate from Canadians to invest in
organizations that support local artists," said Minister Moore. "By
supporting these organizations, our Government is delivering on its
commitment to strengthen our economy and support arts, culture and
"Thanks to the Government of Canada's investment in this local arts
festival, our artists and musicians will have an opportunity to
demonstrate the talent we have right here in the Niagara Region," said
Mr. Dykstra. "Festivals like these create memorable experiences for the
community and encourage economic growth."
"In the Soil Arts Festival is an annual explosion of creativity in our
community," said Annie Wilson, General Manager of Suitcase in Point.
"We planted the seed four years ago and continue to find new and
innovative ways to showcase the original talents of local and national
artists. We are extremely grateful for the support and encouragement
from the Department of Canadian Heritage."
The Government of Canada has provided funding of $15,500 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
SOURCE Canadian Heritage
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