MARKHAM, ON, Jan. 23, 2014 /CNW/ - Paul Calandra, Parliamentary Secretary to the Prime Minister and for Intergovernmental Affairs and Member of Parliament (Oak Ridges-Markham), today announced $36,500 in funding for the Federation of Chinese Canadians for the CIBC Taste of Asia Festival on behalf of Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages Shelly Glover.
The Government of Canada has provided funding through the Building Communities Through Arts and Heritage program to support the 12th edition of the CIBC Taste of Asia Festival, which will take place in Markham on June 28 and 29, 2014. With this support, the festival will feature multicultural dance and musical performances, Asian arts and crafts, and concert bands.
- This festival is an annual event that promotes the multicultural mosaic of Canada and creates an opportunity for local artists to showcase their talents.
- In 2013, CIBC Taste of Asia was named one of the top 100 festivals in the province by Festivals & Events Ontario.
- Admission to the festival is free.
"Our Government is proud to support organizations that engage communities through arts and culture, stimulate the local economy, and bring unique cultural experiences to people who live in or visit the Greater Toronto Area."
—Shelly Glover, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages
"It is a honour today to announce the funding for the 2014 CIBC Taste of Asia Festival on behalf of the Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages, Shelly Glover. Last year's Taste of Asia festival was an overwhelming success, drawing more than 108,000 participants. I am proud to have the opportunity to assist with such a significant event."
—Paul Calandra, Parliamentary Secretary to the Prime Minister and for Intergovernmental Affairs and Member of Parliament (Oak Ridges-Markham)
"I am thankful for the many years of funding our festival have received from the Harper Government, and appreciate their sincere interest in preserving various cultures in Ontario and across Canada. This festival would not be such a success without this funding and my team and I are grateful for their support."
—Dr. Ken Ng, Chair of the Federation of Chinese Canadians in Markham
SOURCE: Canadian Heritage
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