Canadian Heritage

Canadian Heritage

June 10, 2010 13:30 ET

Government of Canada Invests in the Festival International de Percussions de Longueuil

LONGUEUIL, QUEBEC--(Marketwire - June 10, 2010) - The Honourable James Moore, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages, today announced funding for the 9th Festival international de percussions de Longueuil.

Thanks to this funding, 200 local artists will take part in this colourful festival, taking place from July 15 to 18, 2010. Activities for the whole family will include music, dance, and circus shows; workshops introducing percussion instruments; street performances; and a visual arts exhibition. The event will involve the participation of about 100 volunteers.

"Our Government knows how important artists and creators are to our identity, our culture, and our economy," said Minister Moore. "The Festival international de percussions de Longueuil improves the quality of life of our citizens and contributes to the vitality of our cultural scene and the development of our communities."

The mission of the Festival international de percussions is to showcase and promote a variety of percussion instruments from around the world and the cultures associated with them. Each year, it provides exposure for both local and foreign artists and supports innovative projects and emerging artists by encouraging the development of young local talent.

The Government of Canada has provided funding of $43,800 through the Building Communities Through Arts and Heritage program of the Department of Canadian Heritage. This program provides Canadians with more opportunities to take part in activities that present local arts and culture and celebrate local history and heritage.

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Contact Information

  • Office of the Minister of Canadian Heritage
    and Official Languages
    Matthew Deacon - Press Secretary
    Canadian Heritage - Quebec Region
    Eric Amyot
    Director, Regional Communications
    Canadian Heritage
    Media Relations