Department of Canadian Heritage

Department of Canadian Heritage

July 07, 2014 10:59 ET

Celebrating Scottish Culture and Heritage in Fergus

Continued federal support for Fergus Scottish Festival and Highland Games

FERGUS, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - July 7, 2014) - - Department of Canadian Heritage

The Government of Canada has announced an investment of $10,000, under the Building Communities Through Arts and Heritage program, in support of the 69th edition of the Fergus Scottish Festival and Highland Games. This funding will allow the Festival to present performances and heritage demonstrations highlighting the culture and heritage of Scotland.

The Honourable Michael Chong, Member of Parliament (Wellington-Halton Hills), made this announcement today on behalf of the Honourable Shelly Glover, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages.

Quick Facts

  • The Fergus Scottish Festival and Highland Games is a celebration of culture and history focusing on dancing, piping, clans, and family fun.
  • The Festival will be held from August 8 to 10, 2014, in Fergus, Ontario.
  • The first edition of the Fergus Scottish Festival and Highland Games was held in 1946. The Festival is now a seven-decades-long tradition in the area.

Quotes

"I am delighted to see our Government's ongoing support for the Fergus Scottish Festival and Highland Games. I congratulate the organizers of the Festival and its volunteers on an event that not only contributes to the cultural and economic vitality of the region but also fosters new traditions within the community."

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

"Every year the Fergus Scottish Festival and Highland Games offers a unique and authentic Scottish cultural experience. Thoroughly enjoyed by local residents, this event also attracts many visitors and stimulates the local economy."

-The Honourable Michael Chong, Member of Parliament (Wellington-Halton Hills)

"With the assistance from the Department of Canadian Heritage, Fergus Scottish Festival and Highland Games is able to present a rich and diverse history of Scottish settlers in and around the Fergus community. Every attendee to the festival is a 'Scot' for a day, and the financial assistance has allowed visiting Canadians to enjoy Scotland without the airfare."

-David Radley, President, Board of Directors, Fergus Scottish Festival and Highland Games

Associated Links

Fergus Scottish Festival and Highland Games

Building Communities Through Arts and Heritage

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Contact Information

  • Marisa Monnin
    Press Secretary
    Office of the Minister of Canadian Heritage
    and Official Languages
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    Jillian Lum
    Manager of Regional Communications
    Ontario Region
    Canadian Heritage
    416-973-2050
    jillian.lum@pch.gc.ca

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