Department of Canadian Heritage

Department of Canadian Heritage

May 13, 2015 10:00 ET

Celebrating the Seafaring Heritage of Yarmouth County

Government of Canada provides funding to the Seafest and Rudder's Parade of Lights Festival

YARMOUTH, NOVA SCOTIA--(Marketwired - May 13, 2015) - Department of Canadian Heritage

Greg Kerr, Member of Parliament (West Nova), on behalf of the Honourable Shelly Glover, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages, today announced an investment of $21,450 in the Seafest Association.

The group will use this funding to present the 37th annual Seafest and Rudder's Parade of Lights in Yarmouth. The 11-day event will feature musical and theatrical performances by local artists and presentations of local heritage, such as guided walking tours and demonstrations of painting and rug hooking.

Funding for Seafest is being provided under the Building Communities Through Arts and Heritage Program.

Quick Facts

  • The Seafest Association is a local non-profit organization that promotes the seafaring heritage and culture of Yarmouth County.
  • From July 15 to 25, 2015, the 37th annual Seafest and Rudder's Parade of Lights will highlight the work of 143 local artists, artisans and heritage presenters. The group is also counting on the participation of close to 500 volunteers.
  • 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 is pleased to support groups that bring citizens together to celebrate their local history and heritage. Events such as the Seafest and Rudder's Parade of Lights not only contribute to the quality of life in a community; they also make an important cultural and economic contribution."

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

"Thanks to the support of our Government, Yarmouth County's residents and visitors will be able to enjoy the Seafest and Rudder's Parade of Lights again this year. The organizers of Seafest are to be commended for their commitment to celebrating the seafaring culture of the region, while also highlighting local artists."

-Greg Kerr, Member of Parliament (West Nova)

"Our Government believes in communities! With Canadian Heritage's generous contribution to Seafest 2015 in Yarmouth, we are able to incorporate more local communities into our festivities. Seafest believes in bringing together people of all ages to enjoy the history/heritage of Yarmouth, while enjoying our local talent-with local musicians, a children's play, historical walking tours, and many varied family experiences."

-Don Smith, President, Seafest Association

Associated Links

Seafest 2015

Building Communities Through Arts and Heritage

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Contact Information

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

    Gilles Theriault
    Communications Manager
    Atlantic Region
    506-851-3980

    Media Relations
    Canadian Heritage
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