Department of Canadian Heritage

Department of Canadian Heritage

February 27, 2015 13:30 ET

Culture at the Heart of the Baie Sainte-Marie Area

Government of Canada supports the cultural activities of three Acadian organizations

CHURCH POINT, NOVA SCOTIA--(Marketwired - Feb. 27, 2015) - Department of Canadian Heritage

The Honourable Shelly Glover, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages, today announced that the Government of Canada will provide a total of $61,860 in funding to three Francophone groups that offer a variety of cultural activities to residents of the Baie Sainte-Marie area of Nova Scotia.

This contribution, provided through the Canada Arts Presentation Fund, will be used to support projects that showcase music, dance, storytelling and theatre.

The organizations receiving funding are the Festival acadien de Clare ($31,360 for programming for the 60th edition of the Festival), the Association le Moulin de la Baie Sainte Marie ($16,000 over two years to support its series of shows) and the Maison la bouche rouverte associée ($14,500 for the Festival de la parole de la Baie Sainte-Marie, Parlons de ce qui conte).

Quick Facts

  • The 60th edition of the Festival acadien de Clare will take place from August 9 to 16, 2015, with a special show planned for National Acadian Day on August 15.
  • The Festival acadien de Clare will offer a variety of presentations in celebration of its 60th anniversary in 2015. Acadian, Cajun, Francophone and Aboriginal artists from four Canadian provinces and from Louisiana will take part.
  • Between January 2015 and December 2016, the Association le Moulin de la Baie Sainte Marie will present a series of professional performances of music (folk, popular and classical), theatre and comedy in the rural area of Baie Sainte-Marie.
  • The Festival de la parole de la Baie Sainte Marie, Parlons de ce qui conte, will take place from September 30 to October 4, 2015. It will include seven shows and storytelling workshops, featuring approximately 15 professional storytellers, poets and writers from Acadia and elsewhere.

Quotes

"Our Government recognizes the importance of investing in cultural events that contribute to the quality of life in communities across the country. We are proud to support these three organizations, which enrich the lives of people in this beautiful part of Nova Scotia by giving them access to a variety of professional artistic experiences."

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

"I am delighted that this funding will enable local organizations to continue offering entertaining performances to residents and visitors in the Baie Sainte-Marie area in the coming year. These events highlight the rich culture of Francophones and Acadians in the region."

-Greg Kerr, Member of Parliament (West Nova)

"We are pleased to present a great event every year and proud to host the oldest Acadian festival in the world. We are very grateful for the ongoing support of Canadian Heritage, without which we would not be able to offer the programming we have planned for the 60th edition of the Festival acadien de Clare."

-Sébastien Dol, President, Festival acadien de Clare

Associated links

Canada Arts Presentation Fund

Festival acadien de Clare

Festival de la parole, Parlons de ce qui conte

Association le Moulin de la Baie Sainte-Marie

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    Office of the Minister of Canadian Heritage
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