Canadian Heritage

Canadian Heritage

July 17, 2009 12:00 ET

Government of Canada Supports Grande Prairie International Street Performers Festival

GRANDE PRAIRIE, ALBERTA--(Marketwire - July 17, 2009) - On behalf of the Honourable James Moore, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages, Chris Warkentin, Member of Parliament (Peace River), today announced funding for the Grande Prairie International Street Performers Festival, which will be used to hold the 8th annual festival that is taking place from July 17 to 19.

The Festival will attract approximately 30,000 people of all ages and from many communities throughout the Peace Country region. International and local artists will entertain audiences with juggling, acrobatics, stilt walking, and more.

"Our Government is proud to support the Grande Prairie International Street Performers Festival as a major artistic event and a valuable contribution to the cultural life of the Grande Prairie region," said Minister Moore. "By being accessible to everyone, this festival helps strengthen community ties through inspiring and diverse artistic experiences."

"I am proud to be part of a government that invests in local cultural events. The Peace Country has a strong history of hosting excellent entertainment and events, and the Street Performers Festival is a great example of that," said Mr. Warkentin. "It is my hope that many Grande Prairie and Peace Country residents will take advantage of the Festival."

"This funding makes it possible for our festival to bring top-quality international street performers to our region to entertain our families," said Wayne Ayling, Co-Chair of the Grande Prairie International Street Performers Festival Association. "The quality of life in the Grande Prairie region has been enhanced through this support."

The Grande Prairie International Street Performers Festival Association is a volunteer organization whose mandate is to bring quality international and local performers to Grande Prairie in order to provide families with high-calibre entertainment in various street performance disciplines. The annual Grande Prairie International Street Festival is the largest and most successful festival in the city.

The Government of Canada has provided $7,000 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 under Media Room.

Contact Information

  • Office of the Minister of Canadian Heritage
    and Official Languages
    Deirdra McCracken - Director of Communications
    Canadian Heritage
    Ginette Montreuil
    Regional Manager
    Western Region
    Canadian Heritage
    Media Relations