LIVERPOOL, QC, Dec. 19, 2013 /CNW/ - Gerald Keddy, Parliamentary
Secretary to the Minister of National Revenue and for the Atlantic
Canada Opportunities Agency and Member of Parliament (South Shore-St.
Margaret's), on behalf of the Honourable Shelly Glover, Minister of
Canadian Heritage and Official Languages, today announced support for
the Astor Theatre Society in Liverpool.
"I am pleased that our Government has provided financial support to
enhance the Astor Theatre, the oldest performing arts venue in Nova
Scotia," said Mr. Keddy. "Audiences living in or visiting the South
Shore of Nova Scotia will soon enjoy an improved cultural experience at
this venerable and historic theatre."
Funding will support an upgrade to the Astor Theatre's sound and
lighting systems and the installation of digital projection equipment
with a screen. Artists will have a better facility to create and
present live performances, and the Theatre will be able to show more
screenings of independent films. In addition to offering theatre,
dance, music, film, and educational arts programs, the Astor Theatre
also serves as a rehearsal facility for local arts groups and schools.
"Our Government recognizes the importance of arts and culture in our
communities, which is why we are pleased to support organizations such
as the Astor Theatre Society," said Minister Glover. "With these new
upgrades, the Astor Theatre will continue to make a valuable cultural
and economic contribution to this region of Nova Scotia."
"The Astor Theatre Society is very thankful to the Government of Canada
for its contribution to this project," said Chris Ball, Manager of the
Astor Theatre. "Since 1908, movies have been an important part of life
in Liverpool and now, as the oldest movie theatre in Canada, we are
thrilled to continue this tradition. More and more, Canadian artists
are including multi-media in their performances, which meant we could
not present them. Now we will be able to engage a wider and more
diverse group of Canadian performers and bring them to our community.
Thanks to the Canadian Heritage, we are opening a new chapter in the
life of the Astor Theatre and what we can offer to our patrons."
The Government of Canada has provided funding of $50,000 through the Canada Cultural Spaces Fund of the Department of Canadian Heritage. This program seeks to improve
physical conditions for artistic creativity and arts presentations or
exhibitions. It is also designed to increase access for Canadians to
performing arts, visual arts, media arts, museum collections, and
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SOURCE: Canadian Heritage
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