Department of Canadian Heritage

Department of Canadian Heritage

April 08, 2015 11:00 ET

Calgary to Celebrate Turkish Culture with Three-Day Festival

Member of Parliament Devinder Shory announces support for the Calgary Turkish Festival

CALGARY, ALBERTA--(Marketwired - April 8, 2015) - Department of Canadian Heritage

The Government of Canada will provide the Burc Intercultural Centre with $5,000 in funding through the Building Communities Through Arts and Heritage program to present the 8th Calgary Turkish Festival. Devinder Shory, Member of Parliament (Calgary Northeast), announced this support today on behalf of the Honourable Shelly Glover, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages.

The Calgary Turkish Festival is an annual gathering that celebrates and shares Turkish culture with Calgary's residents and visitors. Activities will include demonstrations of traditional Turkish and Bulgarian dancing and musical performances by a variety of local artists.

Quick Facts

  • The Calgary Turkish Festival is held every year during the first weekend of the Calgary Stampede.
  • This year's festival takes place from July 3 to 5 at the Eau Claire Festival Plaza.
  • The Burc Intercultural Centre, established in 2006, is a non-profit organization that aims to foster understanding between different cultures through intercultural dialogue.
  • The Building Communities Through Arts and Heritage program provides Canadians with more opportunities to take part in activities that present local arts and culture and celebrate local history and heritage.

Quotes

"Our Government recognizes the value of local arts and heritage activities. We are proud to support events like the Calgary Turkish Festival that showcase the diversity of Canada's collective identity and promote the importance of arts and culture in our communities."

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

"The Calgary Turkish Festival offers opportunities for artists and citizens to get involved in their community and learn about the diverse cultures that make up our Albertan mosaic. I am once again excited to see the dynamic performances showcased at this year's festival, and I wish the many volunteers and staff a fantastic three days."

- Devinder Shory, Member of Parliament (Calgary Northeast)

"I would like to thank Canadian Heritage for their support in allowing us to promote diversity and cross-cultural understanding. This funding will increase the success of the Calgary Turkish Festival tremendously."

- Muhammer Gurbuzer, Outreach Coordinator, Burc Intercultural Centre

Associated Links

Calgary Turkish Festival

Building Communities Through Arts and Heritage

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