QUÉBEC CITY, July 30, 2012 /CNW/ - An investment in the Fêtes de la
Nouvelle-France will let a large number of Quebecers and visitors take
part in a broad range of activities while promoting job creation,
economic growth, and tourism in the region. Funding was announced today
by the Honourable James Moore, Minister of Canadian Heritage and
Once again this summer, the streets of Old Québec City will come to life
with festival goers from across Canada and around the world for the 16th edition of the Fêtes de la Nouvelle-France. The event is taking place
from August 1 to 5, 2012. The funding will be used for historic
re-creations, musical performances, and artisan workshops. The rich and
diverse program of activities will be sure to please the 200,000 people
expected to attend the festival.
"This year marks the start of the five-year countdown to the 150th anniversary of Canadian Confederation 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 it is today."
The Corporation des fêtes historiques de Québec, which presents the
annual Fêtes de la Nouvelle-France, seeks to provide activities at
several sites located in the historic district of Old Québec City,
which hosts the event. The ongoing activities at these sites celebrate
the history of New France.
"For the past 15 years, the Fêtes de la Nouvelle-France SAQ have been a
driving force in the economic and cultural growth in the Québec City
region. This contribution from the Government of Canada will allow us
not only to strengthen this role, but also to ensure that this event
continues to develop in the future while highlighting the city's most
beautiful attractions, its artisans, and its heritage," said Stéphan
Parent, Assistant Executive Director and Director of Programming for
the Fêtes de la Nouvelle-France.
The Government of Canada has provided funding of $76,900 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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(This news release is available on the Internet at www.canadianheritage.gc.ca under Newsroom.)