OTTAWA, Sept. 14 /CNW Telbec/ - On September 12, 2007, The Honourable
Josée Verner, Minister of Canadian Heritage, announced a $30 million Building
Communities Through Arts and Heritage fund.
"This new funding mechanism will inject Canada's fair and exhibition
industry with much needed support in developing cultural programs that will
attract new and established audiences and advance home-grown talent. This fund
will help our industry celebrate its local communities, past and present,
through agricultural and cultural activities", said Hannah Service, C.A.F.E.'s
Executive Director. Ms. Service maintains that, "the mainstay of the fair -
the annual exhibition, has historically celebrated Canadian culture through
the 'arts of yesterday' and the artistic expressions of today".
This financial reinvestment will improve, not only programming, but
facilities. Agricultural fairs could get up to $200,000 each to fund special
anniversary activities, good news for fairs facing spiralling operation costs
and crumbling infrastructures. Financial reinvestment will rejuvenate interest
for those constituents participating in supporting community and cultural
"It's good news", said David Bednar President of the Canadian Fairs and
Exhibitions and General Manager of the Canadian National Exhibition (CNE),
"The Building Communities Through Arts and Heritage program will do just as
stated in the title. A relatively modest grant can go a long way in a
volunteer agricultural society."
Since the late eighteenth century Canadian fairs have always presented an
opportunity for Canadians to express their heritage through dance, food, art
and culture, and is the best example of cultural participation in action.
For further information:
For further information: Hannah Service, Executive Director, Canadian
Association of Fairs and Exhibitions, (613) 233-0012 ext. 224, C: (613)
808-0199 (after 5pm), firstname.lastname@example.org, www.canadian-fairs.ca