Canadian Heritage

Canadian Heritage

November 29, 2010 08:00 ET

Government of Canada Supports 2011 Festival of World Music and Dance

ST. JOHN'S, NEWFOUNDLAND AND LABRADOR--(Marketwire - Nov. 29, 2010) - On behalf of the Honourable James Moore, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages, the Honourable Peter MacKay, Minister of National Defence and Minister responsible for Newfoundland and Labrador, today announced funding for the Research Centre for Media, Music and Place (MMaP), part of the School of Music at Memorial University of Newfoundland.

This funding, a total of $25,000, will assist MMaP in presenting the Festival of World Music and Dance in St. John's from July 13 to 19, 2011, in conjunction with the 2011 World Conference of the International Council for Traditional Music.

"Congratulations to the creators and organizers of this festival for giving local audiences a rare opportunity to experience national and international performances," said Minister MacKay. "This event will also be a great cultural exchange for local and visiting artists, who will undoubtedly enrich their art by learning from each other."

"Our Government is pleased to support the 2011 Festival of World Music and Dance, an event that is sure to enhance the already vibrant arts scene in St. John's," said Minister Moore. "By bringing in artists from around the world, this festival will not only add to the diversity of the city's cultural offerings, but also generate activity for the local economy."

This festival will include evening concerts with diverse presentations by local and international performers, including an Indonesian children's choir, Brazilian samba musicians, and First Nations singers. Afternoon performances that combine theatre and dance will highlight Francophone, Aboriginal, and Chinese cultures. Dance and music workshops will focus on the musical traditions of Newfoundland and Labrador, other Canadian provinces, and other countries.

"We are honoured and elated to have the support of Canadian Heritage for the Sound Shift Festival that will take place in conjunction with the World Conference of the International Conference for Traditional Music," said Dr. Beverley Diamond, Director of MMaP. "This will enable us to showcase outstanding Canadian and international artists to the public and to conference delegates from more than 60 countries."

(This news release is available on the Internet at under Newsroom.)

Contact Information

  • Office of the Minister of Canadian Heritage
    and Official Languages
    Codie Taylor - Press Secretary
    Canadian Heritage
    Media Relations