Canadian Heritage

Canadian Heritage

April 08, 2010 10:00 ET

Government of Canada Invests in the Expo-Festival Centre

ABRAM-VILLAGE, PRINCE EDWARD ISLAND--(Marketwire - April 8, 2010) - On behalf of the Honourable James Moore, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages, the Honourable Gail Shea, Minister of Fisheries and Oceans and Member of Parliament (Egmont), today announced funding for the Expo-Festival Centre.

"Our Government knows how important it is to invest in organizations that contribute to the development of tourism and economic growth in our communities," said Minister Moore. "This year, the Government of Canada is proud to provide funding to the Expo-Festival Centre, a first-rate cultural institution that helps preserve local traditions in this Acadian and Francophone region of Prince Edward Island."

This funding will help the Centre to put on approximately 60 shows featuring a wide range of artists from the Evangeline region. Area residents and tourists alike will be able to take in Acadian culture through a variety of activities, including cabaret evenings, jam sessions, and shows held in honour of Acadian and other celebrations.

"The Expo-Festival Centre is an excellent showcase for the talent of regional artists," said Minister Shea. "For over 10 years, the Centre has welcomed audiences who appreciate the rich Acadian and Francophone culture and the joie de vivre that this region is known for."

"The support we receive from the Government of Canada makes it possible for us to present a dinner theatre, a series of shows, and an Atlantic fiddle-fest in our community during the summer," said Dick Arsenault, Co-chair of the Expo-Festival Centre. "Thanks to this support, we are also able to offer activities such as square dancing and music lessons for a few instruments, such as piano and fiddle. Our workshops are meant for people of all ages, with special emphasis on youth in rural regions."

The Government of Canada has provided funding of $12,000 through the Canada Arts Presentation Fund (formerly Arts Presentation Canada) 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. 

(This news release is also available on Internet at www.canadianheritage.gc.ca , under Media Room.)

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
    Media Relations
    819-994-9101
    1-866-569-6155
    media@pch.gc.ca