Canadian Heritage

Canadian Heritage

January 21, 2008 12:30 ET

The Government of Canada Supports the Reseau Atlantique de Diffusion des Arts de la Scene

CARAQUET, NEW BRUNSWICK--(Marketwire - Jan. 21, 2008) - On behalf of the Honourable Josee Verner, Minister of Canadian Heritage, Status of Women and Official Languages, Sylvie Boucher, Parliamentary Secretary to the Prime Minister and for Status of Women and Member of Parliament (Beauport-Limoilou) today announced funding for the Reseau atlantique de diffusion des arts de la scene (RADARTS).

The funding of $80,000 will help the Reseau to plan and implement its annual program.

"The Government of Canada is committed to supporting initiatives that make diverse, high-quality artistic experiences accessible to Canadians in all parts of the country and that afford an opportunity for young people to express their creativity and develop their talent," said Minister Verner. "That is why we are very pleased to provide this support to the Reseau atlantique de diffusion des arts de la scene."

"Through the various services it provides to its member presenters, RADARTS allows French-speaking Canadian performers to connect with audiences in Atlantic Canada and enables Francophone artists from this region to perform both nationally and abroad," said Ms. Boucher.

"The Department of Canadian Heritage's contribution to the success of the Reseau atlantique de diffusion des arts de la scene is indisputable. The department responsible for culture recognizes, without a doubt, that we are an essential partner in the development of Francophone communities in Canada," said Marc Chouinard, Chair of RADARTS.

Created in 2001, the Reseau atlantique de diffusion des arts de la scene is the largest network of Francophone performing arts presenters from the four Atlantic provinces. Its primary focus is to increase the availability of Francophone musical performances and encourage artistic expression. It offers its 42 members-professional and educational presenters-training, audience development, and promotion services.

The Government of Canada has provided this funding through the Arts Presentation Canada program of the Department of Canadian Heritage. This program seeks to give Canadians more access to direct experiences of 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 International Cooperation
    and Minister for La Francophonie and Official Languages
    Dominic Gosselin
    819-997-7788
    or
    Canadian Heritage
    Donald Boulanger
    A/Chief, Media Relations
    819-994-9101