Canadian Heritage

Canadian Heritage

October 04, 2010 09:30 ET

Government of Canada Supports Alderney Landing Association

DARTMOUTH, NOVA SCOTIA--(Marketwire - Oct. 4, 2010) - On behalf of the Honourable James Moore, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages, the Honourable Peter MacKay, Minister of National Defence and Member of Parliament (Central Nova), today announced funding for the Alderney Landing Association.

This funding will enable this cultural development group to present the fourth annual Bluenose Ghosts Festival, a one-of-a-kind recreational festival in downtown Dartmouth. The Bluenose Ghosts Festival will be held from October 15 to 31 at the Alderney Landing Cultural Convention Centre and its outdoor events plaza. Activities include a haunted house, cemetery tours, and theatrical performances featuring local actors. There will also be a sculpture exhibit and circus arts presentations.

"Our Government is pleased to support the Alderney Landing Association," said Minister Moore. "The association's work in promoting community and cultural programming is very important to Dartmouth, to the Halifax Regional Municipality, and to all of Nova Scotia. Its role in presenting unique entertainment experiences such as the Bluenose Ghosts Festival contributes greatly to the local and regional economies."

"Alderney Landing is recognized as a unique destination and venue for business, arts, and entertainment in Nova Scotia," said Minister MacKay. "It maintains a strong identification with downtown Dartmouth and is seen as a flagship for this area's rejuvenation. With the gallery, the market, and the theatre, and through special events like the Bluenose Ghosts Festival, everyone benefits."

"Alderney Landing is thrilled to receive funding from Canadian Heritage for the Bluenose Ghosts Festival. This support allows us to increase public awareness of Helen Creighton's work in a way that resonates with the public," said Beatrice MacGregor, Executive Director of the Alderney Landing Association. "New stories and information are now incorporated into our engaging Geary Street Cemetery Tour, and the Fear the Darkness Haunted House promises to provide the most thrilling attraction this season. This funding will also allow us to install and illuminate the large-scale Haunted Sculptures, which were created and built by artists, actors, storytellers, and children in our community."

The Government of Canada has provided funding of $17,600 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.

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

Contact Information

  • Office of the Minister of Canadian Heritage
    and Official Languages
    Jean-Luc Benoit - Director of Communications
    Canadian Heritage
    Media Relations