Canadian Heritage

Canadian Heritage

November 09, 2009 16:22 ET

Government of Canada Invests in the Centre Culturel Franco-Manitobain

WINNIPEG, MANITOBA--(Marketwire - Nov. 9, 2009) - On behalf of the Honourable James Moore, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages, Shelly Glover, Parliamentary Secretary for Official Languages and Member of Parliament (Saint Boniface), today announced funding for the Centre culturel franco-manitobain (CCFM) to support its 2010-2011 and 2011-2012 programming.

The CCFM will present a series of shows for young people; the Mardi Jazz series, which has attracted Winnipeg audiences for more than 20 years; a series of jazz concerts in cooperation with Alliance francaise that will allow artists from France to perform in Manitoba; and, in cooperation with various community groups, shows featuring artists from several Canadian provinces.

"Our Government recognizes the importance of arts and culture in our society," said Minister Moore. "That is why we are committed to supporting organizations that contribute not only to the cultural vitality of their community, but to its economy as well."

"The Centre culturel is at the heart of Franco-Manitoban culture. The Department of Canadian Heritage is proud to support the CCFM and the programs that it offers to the province's Francophones and Francophiles," said Mrs. Glover. "We wish them much success in their efforts to build partnerships that will benefit not only Francophone artists from Manitoba, but also those from the rest of Canada and France."

"The Centre culturel franco-manitobain is very pleased to receive this funding from the Government of Canada through the Canada Arts Presentation Fund," said Gerald Clement, Chair of the Board of Directors of the Centre culturel franco-manitobain. "This grant will allow the organization to support its cultural arts programming in 2010-2011 and feature local and visiting artists by providing them with accessible public showcases. Your contribution is much appreciated."

The CCFM, founded in 1972, is a professional performing-arts exhibitor offering series of shows by professional artists from Manitoba and across the nation to Manitoba audiences. It encourages audience-performer discussion before and after shows and also offers workshops open to the general public in order to broaden and solidify its audience base.

The Government of Canada has provided funding of $34,000 ($17,000 per year) through the Canada Arts Presentation Fund (formerly Arts Presentation Canada program) ( of the Department of Canadian Heritage. This program gives Canadians increased access to the variety and richness of Canada's culture through professional arts festivals, presentations of live professional performances, and other artistic experiences.

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Contact Information

  • Office of the Minister of Canadian Heritage
    and Official Languages
    Deirdra McCracken - Director of Communications
    Canadian Heritage
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    Roxanne Carriere - A/Manager, Regional Communications
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