LAC-MÉGANTIC, QC, April 25, 2012 /CNW/ - New investments in arts and culture in Lac-Mégantic are helping to boost the region's economy. Support to the Comité culturel Mégantic was announced on April 19, 2012 by the Honourable Christian Paradis, Minister of Industry, Secretary of State (Agriculture), and Member of Parliament (Mégantic-L'Érable), on behalf of the Honourable James Moore, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages.
This funding will enable the Comité culturel Mégantic to present about 20 multi-disciplinary shows (music, song, theatre, dance, and comedy) at the Auditorium Montignac, the Cabaret Montignac, and Sainte-Agnès church. Each year, close to 3,500 spectators attend the different shows presented by the organization. In addition, the Comité culturel Mégantic will organize various outreach activities, including theatre workshops for students.
"Our Government received a strong mandate from Canadians to invest in organizations such as the Comité culturel Mégantic," said Minister Moore. "By supporting these cultural organizations, our Government is delivering on its commitment to strengthen our communities and support local arts, culture, and heritage."
"Thanks to the efforts of the Comité's leaders, people in the Lake Megantic region will, again this year, enjoy new cultural experiences," said Minister Paradis. "Our Government is proud to partner with organizations that showcase the talent of our artists and artisans."
"The funding of $10,000 will help us reach new client groups, including children, with shows for young people," said Brigitte Lagassé, Chair of the Comité culturel Mégantic. "We have tried to move in this direction with our current programming, and we have seen a significant increase in the numbers of young people and their families in our audiences. We also presented the Canadian artist Damien Robitaille and the group Ladies of the Canyon."
Founded in 1980, the Comité culturel Mégantic is a multi-disciplinary presenter that plays a key role in the professional presentation of performing arts in the region.
The Government of Canada has provided funding of $10,000 through the Canada Arts Presentation Fund program of the Department of Canadian Heritage. This program gives Canadians increased access to the variety and richness of Canada's culture through professional arts festivals, presentations of live professional performances, and other artistic experiences.
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