SASKATOON, March 21, 2014 /CNW/ - The Government of Canada is providing a total of $12,508 through the
Canada Cultural Spaces Fund to the Shakespeare on the Saskatchewan
Festival to improve its main tent and sound system.
Maurice Vellacott, Member of Parliament (Saskatoon-Wanuskewin), made the
announcement today on behalf of Minister of Canadian Heritage and
Official Languages Shelly Glover.
Improvements to the site include a new roof skin for the main tent
structure to increase the safety for staff, artists, community groups
and visitors. Upgrades also consist of purchasing a modernized sound
system including a digital soundboard, a laptop and software for cue
production and playback, speakers, a subwoofer, cables and an audio
snake. This updated sound system will better meet the various needs of
artists, allowing for top-quality performances.
Each summer, the Shakespeare on the Saskatchewan Festival produces and
presents two full-scale Shakespeare productions in a large tent on the
bank of the South Saskatchewan River in Saskatoon.
For its 30th edition in 2014, the Festival will present Romeo and Juliet and The
Taming of the Shrew. The Festival dates are July 9 to August 24.
In the last two years (2011-2012 and 2012-2013), the Canada Cultural
Spaces Fund has financially contributed to a total of 187 projects across Canada.
"Making sure communities have access to safe and adequate facilities
where artistic creativity can take place is essential. Today, our
Government is helping to ensure top-notch performances continue to be
offered on the bank of the South Saskatchewan River in Saskatoon."
—Shelly Glover, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages
"Thanks to this investment, the Shakespeare on the Saskatchewan Festival
will enhance its existing performance space. I am proud that our
Government is supporting these improvements, which will allow residents
and visitors alike to continue enjoying live, quality theatre in a
beautiful natural setting."
— Maurice Vellacott, Member of Parliament (Saskatoon-Wanuskewin)
"This Government of Canada funding makes an immense difference for our
organization. It means that this year we can serve our community better
than ever before. We are thrilled with this support."
— Will Brooks, Artistic Producer, Shakespeare on the Saskatchewan Festival
Shakespeare on the Saskatchewan
Canada Cultural Spaces Fund
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