The Government of Canada supports the Saguenay en Neige festival
SAGUENAY, QC, Jan. 24, 2018 /CNW/ - The Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Canadian Heritage, today announced $22,100 in funding for the 34th Saguenay en Neige festival, which will take place from February 1 to 11, 2018, in the Jonquière borough in Saguenay.
This funding, provided by the Government of Canada through the Local Festivals component of the Building Communities Through Arts and Heritage program, will showcase the talent of local artists through its diverse programming, which includes ice sculptures, an evening of Latin dance, a circus performance and shows for children.
"A veritable open-air art gallery, Saguenay en Neige allows us to enjoy winter's charms and appreciate the work of talented sculptors. This cultural event brings people in the region together during this coldest season."
—The Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Canadian Heritage
"For its 34th edition, the Saguenay en Neige team is proud to once again offer a thrilling program for everyone of all ages, entirely free of charge. Thanks to the participation of the entire community, Saguenay en Neige has become one of the biggest snow sculpture events. I want to thank Canadian Heritage for its support, which has really helped to expand the festival's reach in the community."
—Ariane Gagnon Simard, Executive Director, Saguenay en Neige
The 34th edition of Saguenay en Neige will offer free outdoor programming for the whole family. There will be a show by Québec Issime on Friday, February 2, followed by a performance by Fred Fortin on Saturday, February 3. Salsa Contigo will present an evening of Latin dance on Saturday, February 10. Children will be able to attend several shows featuring Anne-Lune and Chantois throughout the festival.
The event will also feature more than 750 sculptors, who will create around 200 ephemeral works at Parc de la Rivière-aux-Sables. A big outdoor slide, rope bridge, Jumpaï and outdoor entertainment complete the list of activities.
Every year, over 11 days, nearly 100,000 visitors enjoy the festivities, which are organized with the help of around 175 volunteers.
SOURCE Canadian Heritage
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