The Government of Canada provides $200,000 in funding for the Celtic Colours International Festival
SYDNEY, NS, Feb. 21, 2018 /CNW/ - Mark Eyking, Member of Parliament (Sydney–Victoria), on behalf of the Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Canadian Heritage, today announced funding of $200,000 over the next two years to the Celtic Colours Festival Society in support of performing arts programming for the Celtic Colours International Festival.
The Celtic Colours International Festival is a premier musical event that draws thousands of people every year to hundreds of activities and events in communities across Cape Breton Island. Beyond musical performances, the festival also offers workshops, presentations, demonstrations and lectures on Celtic history, music, dance, art, crafts and community heritage.
This funding was provided through the Canada Arts Presentation Fund (CAPF). Through this fund, Canadians have access to a variety of professional artistic experiences in their communities. It provides financial assistance to organizations that present professional arts festivals or performing arts series and to organizations that offer support to arts presenters.
Each year, the CAPF supports approximately 650 professional arts festivals and performing arts series, as well as other activities related to arts presentation in more than 250 cities and communities across Canada.
"Arts and culture are at the heart of our communities. Our government is proud to support organizations like the Celtic Colours Festival Society, which provides Cape Breton residents and visitors with high-quality artistic experiences in their communities. By investing in our cultural events, we continue to create jobs, grow our economy and build stronger communities."
—The Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Canadian Heritage
"Our rich and vibrant cultural history is a cornerstone of Cape Breton life. We are so fortunate to have a concentration of diverse, high-calibre talent on this island. Whether you are a Cape Bretoner or a visitor from around the world, the music, the scenery and the hospitality make the Celtic Colours International Festival an event like no other."
—Mark Eyking, Member of Parliament (Sydney–Victoria)
"This is an investment in communities and cultural traditions across Cape Breton Island. It represents a belief in the importance of the creative and cultural industries on the island, and, while serving to support the development of these industries, it also recognizes that what we have here—the culture, heritage and traditions carried on generation after generation—is something to be valued and nurtured for the betterment of all."
—Mike MacSween, Executive Director, Celtic Colours International Festival
The Celtic Colours Festival Society presents the Celtic Colours International Festival, an annual music event that furthers the Society's mission to promote, celebrate and develop Cape Breton Island's living Celtic culture.
This year, the Celtic Colours International Festival will be held over nine days, from October 5 to 13, and will present hundreds activities across Cape Breton Island.
The Celtic Colours Festival Society will receive $200,000 over the next two years through the Canada Arts Presentation Fund to support the Festival's performing arts programming.
The Canada Arts Presentation Fund supports professional arts, festivals and presenters to provide Canadians access to a variety of professional artistic experiences in their communities.
SOURCE Canadian Heritage
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