Canadian Heritage

Canadian Heritage

April 07, 2010 10:30 ET

Government of Canada Supports the Societe du Festival Acadien de Par-en-Bas

TUSKET, NOVA SCOTIA--(Marketwire - April 7, 2010) - On behalf of the Honourable James Moore, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages, Greg Kerr, Member of Parliament (West Nova), today announced funding for the Société du festival acadien de Par-en-Bas.

This funding will enable the Société to present the Festival acadien international de Par-en-Bas, a six-day summer festival celebrating the region's Acadian heritage. The Festival, which combines four traditional local Acadian festivals of the Municipality of Argyle, will run from July 10 to 25 in Argyle and will include music, theatre, and dance performances. Activities will take place at the local museum, park, and school, as well as at community centres in the area.

"Our Government is pleased to support events like the Festival acadien international de Par-en-Bas," said Minister Moore. "There is much to celebrate, and events like this make an enormous contribution not only to local tourism, but also to the overall economy."

"This is the third time the Festival acadien international de Par-en-Bas has been held, and we've seen the benefits," said Mr. Kerr. "We know that sharing the rich traditions of Acadian culture through their customs, language, and music brings people together and contributes to the joie de vivre of this historic area of Nova Scotia."

"We are delighted that the Government of Canada recognizes the value of the Festival acadien international de Par-en-Bas in the preservation and promotion of the Acadian heritage in the Francophone communities of Argyle," said Cyrille LeBlanc, Festival Chair. "We believe that the culture of our Francophone communities is important in the weaving of the evolving Canadian mosaic. This funding enables us to develop and encourage local Francophone artistic talent and to share this talent as well as our heritage internationally through our festival."

The Government of Canada has provided funding of $10,600 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.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
    Atlantic Region
    Claudine Daigle
    Director
    Regional Communications
    506-851-3980
    or
    Canadian Heritage
    Media Relations
    819-994-9101
    1-866-569-6155
    media@pch.gc.ca