Harper Government Supports Important Theatre Renovations at the Surrey Arts Centre

SURREY, BC, Nov. 9, 2011 /CNW/ - The Surrey Arts Centre will be able to better attract visitors from across British Columbia, thanks to support from the Government of Canada. James Moore, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages, today unveiled the Centre's newly renovated Main Stage Theatre, along with representatives of the local business and arts communities.

The project involved renovating the Centre's main audience chamber by purchasing and installing new seating. The Main Stage Theatre is used to develop and present professional and community-based performing arts to increase audiences for the arts in Surrey and British Columbia's Lower Mainland.

"Our Government received a strong mandate from Canadians to support our economy by investing in important cultural projects that promote tourism and create jobs," said Minister Moore. "By supporting renovations to the Main Stage Theatre at the Surrey Arts Centre, we are helping ensure our economy remains strong and that British Columbians have access to exceptional cultural experiences in their communities."

"We have incredible talent in our city, and we know the arts play an integral role in connecting people and helping to build vibrant, cohesive communities," said Mayor Dianne Watts. "As part of Surrey's new Cultural Plan, we're working to establish our city as a cultural hub in the region. We appreciate the partnership with the Government of Canada, which helped us complete this wonderful renovation."

Owned and operated by the City of Surrey, the Centre has been a focal point for visual and performing arts for 27 years, offering a diversity of artistic presentations including professional and community theatre, music and dance.

The Government of Canada has provided funding of $118,075 through the Canada Cultural Spaces Fund of the Department of Canadian Heritage. This program seeks to improve physical conditions for artistic creativity and arts presentation or exhibition. It is also designed to increase access for Canadians to performing, visual, and media arts, and to museum collections and heritage displays.

SOURCE Canadian Heritage

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For more information (media only), please contact:

Sébastien Gariépy
Press Secretary
Office of the Minister of
Canadian Heritage and
Official Languages
    Perry Boldt
Regional Manager
Western Region
Canadian Heritage
    Media Relations
Canadian Heritage

(This news release is available on the Internet at www.canadianheritage.gc.ca under Newsroom.)



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