Canadian Heritage

Canadian Heritage

November 29, 2006 09:00 ET

Canada's New Government Supports CINARS International Exchange for the Performing Arts

MONTREAL, QUEBEC--(CCNMatthews - Nov. 29, 2006) - On behalf of the Honourable Beverley J. Oda, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Status of Women, the Honourable Michael Fortier, Minister of Public Works and Government Services and Minister Responsible for the Montreal Region, today announced funding for CINARS, the International Exchange for the Performing Arts. These funds allowed the organization to hold CINARS 2006, a large-scale event in Montreal. In addition, the funds will be used for the Informal European Theatre Meetings Conference (IETM), which will take place outside of Europe for the first time.

"These meetings are an excellent opportunity for Canada's artists and creators to benefit from the experience of their counterparts around the world, to develop innovative projects, and to establish valuable new connections," said Minister Oda. "Canada's new Government is proud to support these meetings. They will not only foster the success of the Canadian arts sector, but will also help Canadian culture reach a broader audience across Canada and around the world."

"As Minister Responsible for the Montreal Region, I am pleased that Canada's new Government is supporting CINARS, an organization that is committed to making this vibrant city an international hub for the performing arts," said Minister Fortier.

From November 14 to 18, CINARS 2006 welcomed more than 1000 artists, agents, presenters, producers, and observers from some 50 countries. Participants discussed different aspects related to cultural exports.

The IETM Conference will be held in Montreal in May 2007. It will bring together more than 400 performing arts professionals from more than 40 countries. The goal is to foster the growth and development of contemporary performing arts and encourage interconnections among arts professionals, within a broader context of cultural diversity.

Canada's new Government has provided $188,000 in funding through the Arts Presentation Canada Program of the Department of Canadian Heritage. The program seeks to give Canadians more access to direct experiences of the diversity and richness of Canada's culture through professional arts festivals, presentation of live professional performances, and other artistic experiences.

Contact Information

  • Office of the Minister of Canadian Heritage
    and Status of Women
    Chisholm Pothier
    Director of Communications
    819-997-7788
    or
    Office of the Minister of Public Works
    and Government Services
    Jean-Luc Benoit
    Director of Communications
    819-997-5421
    or
    Canadian Heritage
    Donald Boulanger
    A/Chief, Media Relations
    819-994-9101