Canadian Heritage

Canadian Heritage

June 18, 2010 21:00 ET

Government of Canada Invests in Rio Tinto Alcan Dragon Boat Festival

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - June 18, 2010) - The Honourable James Moore, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages, today announced funding for the Canadian International Dragon Boat Festival Society.

This funding will support the 22nd annual Rio Tinto Alcan Dragon Boat Festival, which will take place on June 19 and 20, 2010. This event is free to the public and features boat races and diverse cultural entertainment. Planned activities include cooking demonstrations, live multicultural music and dance by a variety of artists, diverse children's entertainment, and a marketplace.

"Our Government is proud to partner with organizations to support activities that celebrate local arts and heritage, while strengthening community ties," said Minister Moore. "This event—as much a celebration of the arts as of athleticism—contributes to the vitality of the region's culture and economy."

"We are grateful to Canadian Heritage for its continued support of our multicultural, sporting, and community event featuring dragon boating," said Jas Kalsi, Chair of the Canadian International Dragon Boat Festival Society. "Support from the Government of Canada will ensure that the annual Rio Tinto Alcan Dragon Boat Festival and its year-round activities will remain a permanent part of the Vancouver lifestyle and create a legacy for all to enjoy."

Last year's Rio Tinto Alcan Dragon Boat Festival attracted more than 90,000 people, and more than 180 dragon boat teams from across the Lower Mainland and around the world took part. Boat racers covered a broad spectrum of athletic skill levels, from amateur to professional, and age groups from junior to senior.

The Government of Canada has provided funding of $78,000 through the Building Communities Through Arts and Heritage program of the Department of Canadian Heritage. This program provides Canadians with more opportunities to take part in activities that present local arts and culture and celebrate local history and heritage.

This news release is available on the Internet at www.canadianheritage.gc.caunder Newsroom.

Contact Information

  • Office of the Minister of Canadian Heritage
    and Official Languages
    Matthew Deacon - Press Secretary
    819-997-7788
    matthew.deacon@pch.gc.ca
    or
    Canadian Heritage
    Western Region
    Perry Boldt
    A/Regional Manager
    Communications
    604-666-5739
    or
    Canadian Heritage
    Media Relations
    819-994-9101
    1-866-569-6155
    media@pch.gc.ca