Canadian Heritage

Canadian Heritage

June 10, 2008 09:00 ET

Government of Canada Supports Colliers Folk Festival

COLLIERS, NEWFOUNDLAND AND LABRADOR--(Marketwire - June 10, 2008) - Audiences of all ages will have an opportunity to appreciate music and other local entertainment in the Town of Colliers this summer, thanks to an investment by the Government of Canada.

Fabian Manning, Member of Parliament (Avalon), on behalf of the Honourable Josée Verner, Minister of Canadian Heritage, Status of Women and Official Languages and Minister for La Francophonie, today announced funding for the Colliers Folk Festival Committee.

Funding of $2,000 will help the Colliers Folk Festival Committee organize the 2008 festival, which will take place from July 11 to 20. During the event, audiences of all ages can appreciate local music and other entertainment, such as theatrical skits, readings from local writers, arts, and craft and photo exhibits.

"The Government of Canada is pleased to announce funding for the Colliers Folk Festival Committee," said Minister Verner. "We are proud to partner with communities to support activities that celebrate local history, arts, and heritage."

"Local festivals like this one bring people of all ages and backgrounds together and contribute to building strong communities," said Mr. Manning. "I am proud that our Government is supporting the Colliers Folk Festival Committee, which contributes to the quality of life in its community."

"The Colliers Folk Festival 2008 Committee greatly appreciates being chosen as funding recipients of the Building Communities Through Arts and Heritage Program," said Frances Hickey, Committee Chairperson. "The Committee is made up of dedicated community volunteers who regularly attend meetings to plan and organize our schedule of events. We're really proud of our lineup, which starts on July 6 with our 58th Annual Garden Party and ends on July 20 with our Folk Festival Main Attractions and Events Day. We will feature local singers, musicians and entertainers, dances, Kids' Day and barbeque, variety concert, and a kitchen party. Residents have also volunteered to organize a Colliers Photo Story as a portable display. We encourage all our residents and visitors to celebrate our heritage and culture!"

The new Building Communities Through Arts and Heritage program, announced in September 2007, provides Canadians with more opportunities to take part in local activities that present arts and culture and celebrate local history and heritage. This program will benefit many community events and celebrations throughout Canada this year.

The Government of Canada is committed to building stronger communities and to providing all Canadians with opportunities to get involved in their communities and in celebrating Canadian arts and heritage.

This news release is available on the Internet at www.canadianheritage.gc.ca 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
    819-997-7788
    or
    Canadian Heritage
    Donald Boulanger
    A/Chief, Media Relations
    819-994-9101