Canadian Heritage

Canadian Heritage

June 17, 2009 12:00 ET

The Government of Canada Supports the Calgary International Children's Festival Society

CALGARY, ALBERTA--(Marketwire - June 17, 2009) - On behalf of the Honourable James Moore, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages, Lee Richardson, Member of Parliament (Calgary Centre), today announced funding for the Calgary International Children's Festival.

The funding will support the Festival's many activities, which will take place from May 25 to 29, 2010. The festival will showcase 25 artists and groups in 205 main stage events and present the finest professional child storytelling and puppetry from across Canada and the world.

"For more than 20 years, the Calgary International Children's Festival has provided children and parents alike with unforgettable moments by celebrating the wonder of the arts and the world's rich cultural diversity," said Minister Moore. "Our Government is proud to be a part of this annual celebration."

"The Calgary International Children's Festival offers a unique opportunity to engage young people and help them develop a passion for the arts," said Mr. Richardson. "This Government recognizes the importance of this event to our community and is providing financial support to help ensure its continued success."

"Our young citizens deserve the very best. Support received from the Government of Canada enables the Calgary International Children's Festival to present exceptional music, dance, and theatre for young audiences," said Kate Newby, Artistic Director of the Festival. "We are thrilled to receive such encouraging support, so that we may continue to enrich the hearts and minds of young people through the power of the arts."

The Calgary International Children's Festival Society is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing quality children's programming. Its mission is to provide young people with a performing arts experience that sparks the imagination, inspires creative thought, encourages cultural understanding, and fosters a lifelong passion for the arts

The Government of Canada has provided $120,000 in funding through the Arts Presentation Canada Program of the Department of Canadian Heritage. This program gives Canadians increased access to the diversity and richness of Canada's culture through professional arts festivals, presentations of live professional performances, and other artistic experiences.

This news release is available on the Internet at www.canadianheritage.gc.ca under Media Room.

Contact Information

  • Office of the Minister of Canadian Heritage
    and Official Languages
    Deirdra McCracken - Director of Communications
    819-997-7788
    deirdra.mccracken@pch.gc.ca
    or
    Canadian Heritage
    Ginette Montreuil
    Regional Manager
    Communications
    Western Region
    604-666-6504
    or
    Canadian Heritage
    Media Relations
    819-994-9101
    1-866-569-6155