The Government of Canada supports the 64th Traversée internationale du lac St-Jean
ROBERVAL, QC, June 12, 2018 /CNW/ - The Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Canadian Heritage, today announced $9,300 in funding for the 64th Traversée internationale du lac St-Jean, which will take place in Roberval in July.
This support, provided through the Local Festivals component of the Building Communities Through Arts and Heritage program, will support the cultural component of the event, including visual art exhibitions, concerts and street performances.
"A long-standing tradition in the region dating back many decades, the Traversée internationale du lac St-Jean is the pride of a committed and close-knit community. The Government of Canada is pleased to offer its support to this world-class event, which highlights local artists against the backdrop of beautiful Lac St-Jean."
—The Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Canadian Heritage
"The support of Canadian Heritage will allow the Traversée to offer many local artists a stage and a showcase as part of its programming. Those artists can then display their talent to the thousands of visitors taking part in the event."
—Kim Privé, Chair of the Board, Traversée internationale du lac St-Jean
The Traversée internationale du lac St-Jean, launched in 1955, is a 32-km open-water swimming competition between the municipality of Péribonka and the city of Roberval. Around 25 Canadian and international swimmers take part in the final event, held annually on the last Saturday of July.
The 64th edition of the Traversée will take place from July 21 to 29 and offer cultural, family and sporting activities, including concerts, visual art exhibitions, street performances as well as an open-air meal on a table stretching over a kilometre in length and capable of seating 10,000 guests.
More than 80,000 people are expected to attend over the nine days of festivities. This major celebration, with the active participation of 375 volunteers, allows over a hundred local artists and artisans to display their talent within their community.
SOURCE Canadian Heritage
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