Canadian Heritage

Canadian Heritage

September 17, 2010 13:00 ET

Government of Canada Announces Funding for Culture Days Across Canada

BANFF, ALBERTA--(Marketwire - Sept. 17, 2010) - On behalf of the Honourable James Moore, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages, Blake Richards, Member of Parliament (Wild Rose), today announced funding for Culture Days. This free, interactive celebration of arts and culture from coast to coast to coast will take place from September 24 to 26 (September 17 to 19 in Alberta).

"Our Government is proud to support culture days. Canadians everywhere will be invited to participate in thousands of events that celebrate the creativity in our communities," said Minister Moore.

"Culture Days has the potential to bring together citizens and local businesses, stimulating the health of the local economy and leading to new collaborations between the business and arts and culture sectors," said Mr. Richards.

"Thousands of volunteers, organizations, artists, creators, and other collaborators have come together to collectively welcome the public into our cultural homes for the first edition of Culture Days this September," said Antoni Cimolino, General Director of the Stratford Shakespeare Festival and Chair of Culture Days National Steering Committee. "On their behalf, we are grateful to have the Government of Canada's support in launching this exciting celebration of the vital role the arts and culture play in all our communities and in the daily lives of millions of Canadians."

Under the new Strategic Initiatives component of the Canada Cultural Investment Fund, the Government of Canada will provide $1.4 million over the next three years toward the Culture Days initiative, which is being spearheaded by The Banff Centre.

"We are very proud to be a founding partner of Culture Days," said Sarah Iley, The Banff Centre's Vice-President of Programming and member of the Culture Days National Steering Committee. "We look forward to working with colleagues across the country to maximize the return on the Government of Canada's investment in this important initiative."

The Strategic Initiatives component provides funding for initiatives supported by multiple partners and impacting multiple organizations. Supported projects will be those that help arts and heritage organizations build and diversify their revenue streams, strengthen their management capacities and business competencies, and generally help them become better rooted in their communities. In doing so, arts and heritage organizations will be able to contribute even more to our communities and our country.

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

Contact Information

  • Jean-Luc Benoit
    Director of Communications
    Office of the Minister of Canadian Heritage
    and Official Languages
    819-997-7788
    jean-luc.benoit@pch.gc.ca
    or
    Media Relations
    Canadian Heritage
    819-994-9101
    1-866-569-6155
    media@pch.gc.ca