VANCOUVER, June 20, 2013 /CNW/ - Wai Young, Member of Parliament
(Vancouver South), on behalf of the Honourable James Moore, Minister of
Canadian Heritage and Official Languages, today announced support for
the 25th annual Rio Tinto Alcan Dragon Boat Festival.
"Events like the Rio Tinto Alcan Dragon Boat Festival are not only a
source of civic pride, but they also stimulate the economy and provide
support for local tourism," said Ms. Young. "I would like to thank the
many volunteers, event organizers, and the local community for your
continued support to make the Dragon Boat Festival a resounding
success, year after year."
Funding from the Government of Canada will support the 25th annual Rio Tinto Alcan Dragon Boat Festival, which is taking place in
Vancouver from June 21 to 23, 2013. The event, which is open to the
public for free, will feature dragon boat races and showcase local
artists and live entertainment on the World Beat Main Stage. Planned
activities include traditional and contemporary boat carving
demonstrations, live multicultural music and dance performances, and
diverse children's entertainment.
"Our Government is proud to support the Rio Tinto Alcan 25th Dragon Boat Festival, which attracts thousands of tourists, supports
local businesses, and contributes to our cultural vitality," said
Minister Moore. "I encourage all Canadians to support local festivals
and events that contribute to our national identity. On the road to
Canada's 150th birthday in 2017, let us continue to celebrate all of the things that
make Canada the united, strong, and free country we are today."
"We are grateful to Canadian Heritage for its continued support of our
multicultural, sporting, and community event featuring dragon boating,"
said Jas Kalsi, Chair of the Canadian International Dragon Boat
Festival Society. "Support from the Government of Canada will ensure
that the annual Rio Tinto Alcan Dragon Boat Festival and its year-round
activities will remain a permanent part of the Vancouver lifestyle and
create a legacy for all to enjoy."
The annual Rio Tinto Alcan Dragon Boat Festival in Vancouver, recognized
as North America's biggest and best event of its kind, attracts more
than 100,000 people and close to 180 dragon boat teams from across the
Lower Mainland and around the world. The Festival was founded by the
Canadian International Dragon Boat Festival Society to highlight
Vancouver's growing cultural diversity and to promote inter-cultural
understanding among Canadians.
The Government of Canada has provided funding of $64,200 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
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SOURCE: Canadian Heritage
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(This news release is available on the Internet at www.canadianheritage.gc.ca under Newsroom.)