Canadian Heritage

Canadian Heritage

June 17, 2008 12:00 ET

Government of Canada Supports Windscape Kite Festival

SWIFT CURRENT, SASKATCHEWAN--(Marketwire - June 17, 2008) - Residents and visitors to Swift Current will have an opportunity to take part in the Windscape Kite Festival, thanks to an investment by the Government of Canada.

David L. Anderson, Member of Parliament (Cypress Hills-Grasslands), 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 Windscape Kite Festival.

The $7,500 in funding will support the 4th annual Windscape Kite Festival, which takes place from June 21 to 22. This event features kite-making workshops, kite-flying demonstrations, displays, and a number of children's activities.

"The Government of Canada is pleased to announce funding for the Windscape Kite Festival," said Minister Verner. "We are proud to partner with communities to support activities that promote local arts and heritage."

"Local festivals like this bring people of all ages and backgrounds together to celebrate and contribute to building stronger communities," said Mr. Anderson. "This local event attracts national attention. Windscape is growing and we are glad to be a part of it."

"Major events like the SaskPower Windscape Kite Festival, in Swift Current, require funding and support to continue and grow," said Shann Gowan, Cultural Festivals Coordinator. "We are very pleased to have been awarded this funding. This family-oriented fun event has something for everyone and attracts people of all ages, ethnicities, and economic backgrounds to celebrate and enjoy the 'windscaped' land of Swift Current, Saskatchewan, and Canada."

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

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 - Prairies and Northern Region
    Angela Cassie
    A/Director of Communications and Executive Services
    204-983-4367