Department of Canadian Heritage

Department of Canadian Heritage

August 30, 2014 10:00 ET

Antigonight Art After Dark Festival Receives Support

Federal Government to provide funds for Antigonish Culture Alive Association to bolster cultural presence and economic growth in the community

ANTIGONISH, NOVA SCOTIA--(Marketwired - Aug. 30, 2014) - Department of Canadian Heritage

The Government of Canada has provided the Antigonish Culture Alive Association with $20,000 in funding under the Building Communities Through Arts and Heritage program to present the Antigonight Art After Dark Festival.

The Honourable Peter Mackay, Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada and Member of Parliament (Central Nova), made this announcement today on behalf of the Honourable Shelly Glover, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages.

Antigonight will celebrate its fifth Art After Dark Festival on September 26 and 27 with music and dance performances, painting and sculpture exhibits, and workshops in visual art, storytelling and theatre. The work of about 95 local artists, artisans and heritage presenters will be showcased. During the festival, Antigonish will come alive with interactive and performance art on sidewalks and in storefronts, alleyways and nooks and crannies of the downtown.

Quick Facts

  • The Antigonight: Art After Dark Festival was founded by Tila Kellman, curator, and Fenn Martin, ceramicist, in 2010. Inspired by Nuit Blanche in Toronto and Nocturne in Halifax, the event provides a venue for artists of many disciplines to share and create along with festival participants.
  • Every year, different artists are invited and selected to present projects that encourage community participation.
  • A highlight of the festival will be a collaborative art making project where works of art unfold over the course of the night.
  • Upwards of 125 volunteers are expected to contribute to Antigonight, and attendance is anticipated to be approximately 3,000.

Quotes

"Our Government is proud to invest in organisations that enhance the well-being of Canadians and contribute to economic activity in communities. Antigonish is one of the many rich and vibrant cultural communities that makes Nova Scotia unique and a great place to live."

-The Honourable Shelly Glover, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages

"Antigonight is a dramatic nighttime event that will light up the Antigonish streets and sky in a colourful array of artistic presentations. The support our Government will provide will help bolster a cultural presence in our community and contribute to our long-term economic prosperity. Organizers and volunteers are to be commended on bringing such a special event to Antigonish residents and visitors alike."

- The Honourable Peter Mackay, Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada and Member of Parliament (Central Nova)

"Antigonish Culture Alive is sincerely thankful for Canadian Heritage's continued funding for our Antigonight Art After Dark Festival. The majority of these funds are directed to salaries of regional artists for their performances. As we celebrate our fifth year as the prominent interactive arts festival of North Eastern Nova Scotia, our community proudly benefits from this significant experience and connection with the arts."

-Brenda Brown, Chair, Antigonight, Antigonish Culture Alive Association

Associated Links

Antigonight 2014

Building Communities Through Arts and Heritage Program

Stay Connected

Follow us on Twitter, YouTube, Facebook, and Flickr.

Contact Information

  • Marisa Monnin
    Press Secretary
    Office of the Minister of Canadian Heritage
    and Official Languages
    819-997-7788

    Clarissa Lamb
    Press Secretary
    Office of the Minister of Justice
    613-992-4621

    Gilles Theriault
    Communications Manager
    Atlantic Region
    Canadian Heritage
    506-851-3980

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