Canadian Heritage

Canadian Heritage

September 07, 2010 10:00 ET

Government of Canada Invests in the Festival de l'Outaouais Emergent

GATINEAU, QUEBEC--(Marketwire - Sept. 7, 2010) - On behalf of the Honourable James Moore, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages, the Honourable Lawrence Cannon, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Member of Parliament (Pontiac), today announced funding to Productions des Outaouais Motivés for the 3rd edition of the Festival de l'Outaouais Émergent, which will take place from September 8 to 12, 2010.

As the autumn of 2010 approaches, residents of the Outaouais region will be able to enjoy an event where 257 local artists will display their talent at around 20 original activities. These include musical performances, an exhibition, a cartoon launch, street art, two plays, a lunch discussion, and a Slam party. The event will have the support of around 200 volunteers.

"The avant-garde vision of Productions des Outaouais Motivés inspires musical and artistic discoveries of all kinds," said Minister Moore. "In light of such dynamism and diversity, the Government of Canada is pleased to support events like this that enable entire communities to get involved and that promote the economic development of the region."

"Our Government is committed to providing organizations with the tools they need to be able to realize their projects," said Minister Cannon. "We are pleased that a festival like this is able to offer members of its community the chance to take part in the cultural and artistic life of the region while celebrating the wealth present in their own back yard."

Productions des Outaouais Motivés promotes culture in the Outaouais region through its annual festival, held in an urban setting. The organization's goals are to offer training workshops for up-and-coming artists to make them more widely known and to create a sense of belonging for people from the region through activities that help them discover local heritage and history. It also works to ensure the festival is an event in which people of all ages can contribute to the vitality of the region's economy and tourism industry.

The Government of Canada has provided funding of $25,100 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