Canadian Heritage

Canadian Heritage

June 13, 2008 10:13 ET

Government of Canada Supports Atlantic Fringe Festival Society

DARTMOUTH, NOVA SCOTIA--(Marketwire - June 13, 2008) - Residents and visitors to the Halifax area will have access to diverse innovative theatrical performances this fall, thanks to an investment by the Government of Canada.

The Honourable Peter MacKay, Minister of National Defence and Minister of the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency, on behalf of the Honourable Josee Verner, Minister of Canadian Heritage, Status of Women and Official Languages and Minister for La Francophonie, today announced funding for the Atlantic Fringe Festival Society.

Funding of $14,500 will help the Atlantic Fringe Festival Society present the 18th Atlantic Fringe Festival. The event will take place from August 28 to September 7, 2008, and will feature approximately 40 theatrical performances from Canadian and international artists.

"Our Government is proud to support the Atlantic Fringe Festival Society," said Minister Verner. "The festival increases accessibility to the arts and promotes cultural diversity by allowing artists from Canada and elsewhere to present their creations."

"The Atlantic Fringe Festival has become a well-established showcase for talent in the Halifax Regional Municipality," said Minister MacKay. "I would like to recognize the work of the organizers, volunteers, and artists involved in the success of this event."

"We are very pleased to have received funding from the Department of Canadian Heritage to make this 18th festival another successful event," said Ken Pinto, Executive Director of the Atlantic Fringe Festival.

Every year since 1991, the Atlantic Fringe Festival has provided an opportunity for amateurs and emerging artists to present diverse, innovative theatrical performances under professional conditions.

The Government of Canada has provided this support through the Arts Presentation Canada program of the Department of Canadian Heritage. This program seeks to give Canadians more access to direct experiences of the diversity and richness of Canada's culture through professional arts festivals, presentation of live professional performances, and other artistic experiences.

This news release is available on the Internet at under Media Room.

Contact Information

  • Office of the Minister of Canadian Heritage,
    Status of Women and Official Languages
    and Minister for La Francophonie
    Dominic Gosselin
    Press Secretary
    Canadian Heritage
    Donald Boulanger
    A/Chief, Media Relations