Department of Canadian Heritage

Department of Canadian Heritage

October 02, 2014 08:00 ET

Celebrating German and Rural Heritage

Government of Canada supports the 20th annual Oktoberfest in New Ross

NEW ROSS, NOVA SCOTIA--(Marketwired - Oct. 2, 2014) - Department of Canadian Heritage

The Forties Community Centre will present the 20th edition of Oktoberfest in New Ross, Nova Scotia, thanks in part to financial support from the Government of Canada. Funding of $2,000 is being provided under Canadian Heritage's Building Communities Through Arts and Heritage program.

Gerald Keddy, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of National Revenue and for the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency and Member of Parliament (South Shore-St. Margaret's), made the announcement today on behalf of the Honourable Shelly Glover, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages.

From October 13 to 26, Oktoberfest will celebrate the community's rich rural and German heritage. Participants will be able to enjoy performances by local musicians and demonstrations of traditional cooking by local artisans.

Quick Facts

  • The Forties Community Centre is a non-profit organization that engages the community through local arts and heritage activities.
  • About 1,350 people are expected to attend the 2014 Oktoberfest.

Quotes

"As we approach Canada's 150th anniversary in 2017, we have a wonderful opportunity to celebrate everything that makes our country great, such as the array of arts and heritage activities taking place throughout Canada. Our Government is proud to invest in projects like New Ross Oktoberfest that give communities opportunities to celebrate their culture and heritage."

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

"Oktoberfest is a great event that highlights the rural history and heritage of New Ross. I am pleased that our Government supports events that contribute to the well-being of communities and citizens."

-Gerald Keddy, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of National Revenue and for the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency and Member of Parliament (South Shore-St. Margaret's)

"We are once again so pleased to receive funding from Canadian Heritage, which is essential to the success of our festival. It provides funding for artists to entertain our guests and for artisans to present demonstrations. They make our festival more exciting, and our attendance grows each year."

-Phillip Broome, Chair of the Board, Forties Community Centre

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Contact Information

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

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

    Media Relations
    Canadian Heritage
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