Canadian Heritage

Canadian Heritage

May 27, 2009 19:00 ET

The Government of Canada Supports Ottawa International Children's Festival

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - May 27, 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 2009 Ottawa International Children's Festival.

From May 27 to 31, the Festival will feature both Canadian and international artists performing live theatre, music, and dance for children and people of all ages. The performances will take place in several Ottawa venues, including LeBreton Flats and the Canadian War Museum.

"This annual celebration of live music, theatre, and dance inspires the minds and imaginations of our country's younger generations," said Minister Moore. "Our Government is proud to support the Ottawa International Children's Festival and applauds the valuable contribution it makes to this community by bringing artists and children and their families together for exceptional cultural programming."

"This wonderful festival attracts people of all ages to its stages," said Mrs. Glover. "I am pleased that our Government is providing funding for this cultural event and wish the Festival every success."

"The Ottawa International Children's Festival is deeply indebted to the Government of Canada for its support," said Catherine O'Grady, Artistic Producer of the Ottawa International Children's Festival. "The creators of theatre for young people in our country and around the world are among the finest talents you'll find anywhere. It is the festival's distinct privilege to bring creative excellence to the children, teachers, and families and in our community. We are extremely grateful for this support because, quite simply, the Festival could not happen without it."

Established in 1985, the Ottawa International Children's Festival is an annual celebration of innovative live performing arts and related activities for children. Festival organizers also undertake community outreach initiatives, such as the Adopt a School program, which provides an opportunity to nearly 1,000 children from lower-income families to attend the festival.

The Government of Canada has provided $130,000 through the Arts Presentation Canada program of the Department of Canadian Heritage. This program gives Canadians increased access to the diversity and richness of Canada's culture through professional arts festivals, presentation of live professional performances, and other artistic experiences.

This news release is available on the Internet at under Media Room.

Contact Information

  • Office of the Minister of Canadian Heritage
    and Official Languages
    Deirdra McCracken
    Director of Communications
    Canadian Heritage
    Media Relations