Canadian Heritage

Canadian Heritage

September 08, 2010 16:09 ET

Government of Canada Invests in the 26th Festival International de la Poesie de Trois-Rivieres

TROIS-RIVIERES, QUEBEC--(Marketwire - Sept. 8, 2010) - The Honourable James Moore, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages, today announced funding for La Fondation Les Forges for the 26th edition of its Festival international de la poésie.

This unique festival, a must-see event for all poetry lovers, brings together around 100 poets from Quebec, other parts of Canada, and 30 other countries across five continents. It also provides an opportunity to introduce the public to a multitude of poems from all over the world. From October 1 to 10, 2010, the rich program of activities will feature nearly 400 events, including creative workshops, performances, vernissages, and book launches. It will allow visitors to immerse themselves in the poetic universe of authors from Canada and beyond.

"Our Government is proud to support this event that—in addition to reflecting the immense talent, creativity and rich cultural diversity of our country—ensures improved public access to the works of artists from every region and gives poetry back the respect it deserves," said Minister Moore. "Over the years, the Festival international de la poésie has garnered an international reputation that has not only enabled Canadian poetry to gain public attention but has also made a significant contribution to our cultural heritage."

The Festival international de poésie is an outstanding venue for the dissemination of poetry by French-speaking authors from Quebec, other Canadian provinces and territories, and abroad. Its activities promote the diversification of cultural experiences within the community and the incorporation of art into the social life of Canadians.

The Government of Canada has provided funding of $63,000 through the Canada Arts Presentation Fund of the Department of Canadian Heritage. This program gives Canadians increased access to the variety and richness of Canada's culture through professional arts festivals, presentations of live professional performances, and other artistic experiences.

(This news release is available on the Internet at www.canadianheritage.gc.ca under Newsroom.)

Contact Information

  • Office of the Minister of Canadian Heritage
    and Official Languages
    Matthew Deacon - Press Secretary
    819-997-7788
    matthew.deacon@pch.gc.ca
    or
    Canadian Heritage
    Quebec Region
    Eric Amyot
    Director, Regional Director, Regional Communications
    514-283-4027
    or
    Canadian Heritage
    Media Relations
    819-994-9101
    1-866-569-6155
    media@pch.gc.ca