Canadian Heritage

Canadian Heritage

February 26, 2010 14:30 ET

Government of Canada Invests in Theatre Wakefield

LA PECHE, QUEBEC--(Marketwire - Feb. 26, 2010) - On behalf of the Honourable James Moore, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages, the Honourable Lawrence Cannon, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Member of Parliament (Pontiac), today announced funding to Theatre Wakefield for its Piggyback Fringe Festival, which will take place from June 25 to 27, 2010.

The Piggyback Fringe Festival is aimed at audiences of all ages with activities that include plays—some of which are based on local heritage—technical theatre and production workshops, as well as musical performances featuring local artists. Around 35 regional artists will be showcased, and the event will benefit from the support of about 69 volunteers.

"Our Government is pleased to support events that enhance our quality of life and contribute to the success of our cultural industries and our economy," said Minister Moore. "This festival is the type of event that should be encouraged throughout Canada. It allows people to share the diverse cultural experiences that are part of our heritage."

"Our Government's commitment to this event demonstrates a determination to stimulate creativity within our community," said Minister Cannon. "With this funding, the Government of Canada is helping ensure the vitality of our communities, our identity and our heritage."

"The Piggyback Fringe Festival is unique in many ways. Set in the village of Wakefield, Quebec, it is the only fringe festival in a rural community. It draws its audience from the entire region and its activities support the development of tourism, local business, and the other arts," said Gwen Shea, Executive Director, Piggyback Fringe Festival. "As well as bringing world-class acts to Gatineau Hills audiences, it celebrates the incredible talent in our area. Local actors, playwrights, musicians, and songwriters will be showcased in the festival. We are thrilled that the Government of Canada recognizes and supports the importance of promoting arts and festivals such as Piggyback."

Theatre Wakefield emerged from public consultations held in Wakefield in 2001. It has since become a cherished instrument for community building and an opportunity for the community to discover its history. In addition, Theatre Wakefield uses theatre as a place of training and learning with special emphasis on involving young people and networking with schools.

The Government of Canada has provided funding of $8,800 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 under Media Room.)

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