BANFF, AB, Sept. 17, 2012 /CNW/ - Canadians can once again look forward
to Culture Days—a free, interactive celebration of arts and
culture—thanks to an investment from the Government of Canada. Funding
for this initiative was announced today by Blake Richards, Member of
Parliament (Wild Rose), on behalf of the Honourable James Moore,
Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages.
This additional funding will support the third annual Culture Days
weekend from September 28 to 30, 2012. Culture Days is a collaborative
coast-to-coast-to-coast volunteer initiative that aims to increase the
awareness and engagement of Canadians in the arts and cultural life of
their communities. The National Steering Committee, together with
provincial committees, works at the grassroots level to present and
coordinate free public activities throughout the country. The 2011 Culture Days events drew 1.2 million
Canadians to 6,000 activities in all provinces and territories.
"This year marks the start of the five-year countdown to Canada's 150th birthday in 2017," said Minister Moore. "Our Government is proud to
invest in projects that contribute to our collective identity and
define who we are as Canadians. On the road to 2017, let us continue to
celebrate all of the things that make Canada the united, prosperous,
and free country we are today."
"Arts and culture are important generators of economic growth, jobs and
wealth in our communities," said Mr. Richards. "We are pleased to
support cultural activities that enrich the quality of life of
Canadians, and we encourage all Canadians to take part in their local
Culture Days celebrations."
"Since 2010, Culture Days has grown into a nationwide party celebrating
this country's rich cultural variety," said Antoni Cimolino, General
Director of the Stratford Shakespeare Festival and Chair of the Culture
Days National Steering Committee. "With this support from the
Government of Canada, this celebration will continue to grow and
flourish, spreading the joy and magic the arts bring to millions of
Canadians, and trumpeting our country's vast cultural diversity."
Under the Strategic Initiatives component of the Canada Cultural Investment Fund, the Government of Canada is providing an additional $385,000 to the
Culture Days 2012 initiative, which is being spearheaded by The Banff
Centre for the Arts. This brings the total federal government
contribution to $1,785,000 since the inaugural Culture Days in 2010.
The Strategic Initiatives component provides funding for projects
supported by multiple partners and benefitting many
organizations. These initiatives help arts and heritage organizations
diversify their revenue streams and strengthen the efficiency of their
management and business practices.
SOURCE: Canadian Heritage
For further information:
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Office of the Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages
(This news release is available on the Internet at www.canadianheritage.gc.ca under Newsroom.)